2017-10-11 / Londonderry

Long Trail School welcomes new faculty

Long Trail School’s new faculty for 2017-18 includes, in front from left, Erika Tyler, MaryBeth O'Donnell, Jodi Sanderson, and Irene Goyette; in back row, James Gallen, Michael Kelley, Seth Linfield, Jackie McKinstry, Deb Sheldon, and Anna Bean.  — COURTESY PHOTOLong Trail School’s new faculty for 2017-18 includes, in front from left, Erika Tyler, MaryBeth O'Donnell, Jodi Sanderson, and Irene Goyette; in back row, James Gallen, Michael Kelley, Seth Linfield, Jackie McKinstry, Deb Sheldon, and Anna Bean. — COURTESY PHOTODORSET — Long Trail School welcomes seven new faculty members and three other professionals for the 2017-18 school year.

These new faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the Long Trail program, according to a school press release.

In Math, Jody Sanderson teaches Algebra and Math Studies. Sanderson and her husband Brian have two children, Eli (’18) and Molly (‘21), who attend LTS.

James Gallen has joined the English department to teach grades 8 and 9. The World Languages department welcomes Jackie McKinstry to teach French and Spanish.

In the Arts, Anna Bean returns to teaching theater after seven years teaching English at the high school and college levels. Erika Tyler has also joined the Arts department to teach music. Michael Kelley is teaching physics. Bill Meyer, with more than 30 years experience teaching biochemistry at UVM, is teaching sixth-grade Earth Science.

Mary Beth O’Donnell has become Long Trail’s director of Middle School Student Life. O’Donnell lives in Manchester with her husband Mark and four children, Bailey (’17), Hugh (’19), Nick (’24) and Nora (’24).

Irene Goyette, Long Trail’s assistant registrar and receptionist, is the smiling face at the building’s main entrance. Deb Sheldon has become Long Trail’s food service manager. She lives in Manchester and is host mother to many LTS international students. She has been involved with Long Trail as a parent since her son Liam ('17) started as a sixth-grader.

With Seth Linfield as interim Head of School, LTS welcomes these additions to its team. 

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