Sharon Dolby-Capeless, Chickadee Clan Leader (Pre-K) begins her first year as preschool teacher beginning September 2016. Sharon has a BA in child psychology and Masters level course work in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career in 2005 in a preschool/childcare classroom and evolved into the lead teacher and then the director. She also worked as a career counselor for early childhood educators for a year and a half on a grant. She missed teaching and went back to it as the director of Busy Bee Preschool in Lee MA.
Sharon grew up in Great Barrington MA and currently lives in Monterey MA with her wife and two adopted boys’ ages 4 and 8. She strongly believes children need to be actively involved in their learning and that school should be fun and exciting. It has been Sharon’s long time goal to teach in nature and work with children to create their curriculum.
Danielle Kush, Black Bear Clan Leader (K-1) returns to Mountain Road School for her eighth year of teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and a Master’s of Science degree in early childhood education with a concentration in literacy from The University at Albany. Danielle began her journey in the teaching field in 2002 and has since worked with children ranging in age from birth to second grade. Danielle has a passion for teaching and devotes her days examining her teaching practices in order to meet the best interests of each child under her care.
Danielle grew up in Columbia County and staying close to family and friends is important to her. She currently lives in Castleton, NY with her husband and young daughter. Danielle brings her belief in the essential nature of close relationships to the classroom, where children are guided to love and respect one another.
Lauren Schroeder, River Otter (2-3) Teacher has her under grad. degree in childhood education and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She comes to us from the Sara Marie School in Clifton Park. where she has taught for the past two years. She creates a safe and nurturing environment, ensuring that the students feel successful. She leads her students through experiential learning, cultivating trust and opportunities for success, and differentiated instructional methods. She loves this age group, nature and creativity.
Lauren Liberati-Conant, Red Fox (4-5) Teacher is a dual-certified New York state licensed teacher, with certification in Educational Theater (K-12) and English (7-12). She received her Master of Arts degree from New York University in 2009, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University in 1999. Lauren happily taught the Gray Wolves from 2012 – December 2014 before going on maternity leave. She is delighted to be back for her fourth year at Mountain Road School and organizing the theater program. Before coming to Mountain Road Lauren taught at an urban middle school called Achievement Academy Charter School in Albany, NY where she taught Latin, English and Math.
Her most fulfilling theater work to date has been here at Mountain Road School where she has co -written and directed school plays, The Twelfth Stone (2013) and The Egg (2014) with her students. Students take on the roles of playwrights, directors, prop masters, costume designers, scenic artists, stage managers and runners.
Yaqin Aubert, Director (Interim) Yaqin was one of the visionary educators who started Mountain Road School in the mid 1970’s. In addition to the years he spent at Mountain Road, Yaqin has been executive secretary to Zia Inayat Khan, head of the Inayati Order, a spiritual and ecumenical fellowship. From 2004 to 2014 he worked as the business manager and the manager of visitor services for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. Prior to the Rockwell Museum, he was director of the Abode conference center in New Lebanon, NY. He has a BS in education from Southern Illinois University and graduate studies at SUNY, Albany.
Betsy Feathers, Student Affairs, Middle School, and Development Coordinator has been a parent and board member at MRS for 17 years and has led fundraising efforts during that time. She has a BA from Hamilton College and a MA in Psychology from Goddard College. Betsy’s duties range from behavioral intervention and classroom support to grant writing. She also organizes and coordinates the Middle School Program.
Dan Corral, Spanish Teacher and Flying Deer Educator, has been working with kids for the better part of a decade, borrowing from the wilderness awareness cultural mentoring model as well as his own zest for life and fun. The Mountain Road School community is dear to his heart as he draws on his extensive travels in Spanish-speaking world to bring to our students his knowledge of Spanish language and culture. In his own words, Dan feels blessed to be a member of this community and to have pretty much the coolest job in the world – getting to spend quality time in the beautiful Mtn Rd outdoors and classrooms with the wonderful, vibrant children of our tribe.
Angelique Phoenix, Art Teacher, Chickadee Assistant: With a BFA from UMass/Dartmouth (focus on bookbinding, metalsmithing, and textiles) Angelique has taught art at the Friends Academy in Dartmouth,MA, as well as art classes for kids and adults. She is especially excited to have her students at Mountain Road self-identify as artists and develop a strong sense of competence and confidence when approaching visual projects. Her motto for her class is, “I am an artist. I can do it.”
Middle School Teaching Team:
Tistrya Houghtling has taught music at Mountain Road for several years and now adds math instruction to her repertoire, spending time with the Middle School students in math and music.
Lily Corral teaches science at Darrow School and brings the Hands to Work crew to Mountain Road on Wednesdays. While she’s here, she lends her expertise to the Middle School students teaching math and supporting their academic work.
Liz Young enlivens the Middle School Program with weekly Field Trips that support Social Studies and Culture Curriculum.