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) is taking a well earned break for Family Leave time with her darling Addison Rose and will return to Mountain Road School for her ninth year of teaching at the conclusion of her leave. 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.
Deb Lemaire, Black Bear Substitute 2018-2019, has a B.A. in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a post-master’s certificate in Applied Psychology—Dance/Movement Therapy, both from Antioch University New England. She has taught children in public and private schools, from preschool to sixth grade, from Brooklyn, NY to the Berkshire Hills. She has also worked as the naturalist at a nature center near her hometown of Endicott, NY, creating curriculum, teaching nature programs, leading hikes and showing the rescued red-tailed hawk.
Lisa lives in Great Barrington, MA with her son Jay, who is thrilled to be joining Mountain Road School as a Wolf. Lisa believes that children learn best when teachers tune in to them, offer interesting opportunities for exploration and get out of their way. She’s really looking forward to supporting the kids in developing an authentic and joyful community.
Lauren Liberati-Conant, Theater Specialist 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 fifth 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.
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, Nature Specialist and Preschool Partner, 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, Faculty Chair, Studio Art and Preschool Partner: 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 when she isn’t otherwise occupied with her job as Town Clerk in New Lebanon, her musical endeavors with her locally adored ensemble, The Echoes, and campaigning for the 107th District Assembly Seat in 2018. Tistrya lives with her husband Steve and their three children, all of whom have attended Mt Road. Tistrya is also an alumna!
Liz Young enlivens the Middle School Program with weekly Field Trips that support Social Studies and Culture Curriculum. These Education Expeditions, as they are called, are a highlight for the middle school students.
Board of Directors
Liz Young – Chairperson
Joanna Ezinga – Vice Chairperson
Betsy Feathers – Clerk
Jake Hall – Treasurer
Angelique Phoenix – Teacher Representative
Rebecca Malcolm Williams – Parent Representative
Aimée Brodeur Johnson