Seven join Green Mountain Union High staff

Green Mountain Union High School has hired three new classroom teachers and four support personnel for the current school year.

GMUHSchool employees

From left, Cortney Donohue Slobodnjak, Shannon Parker and Anne Morton. Photos provided.

They are Keighan Chapman, librarian; Brad Houk, social studies teacher; Anne Morton, administrative assistant to Principal Tom Ferenc; Shannon Parker, guidance secretary; Jason Rickles, English teacher; Cortney Donohue Slobodnjak, student assistance program coordinator; and Janet VanAlstyne, middle school special educator.

Chapman also teaches at Castleton State College and serves as the office director for Vermont Geographic Alliance.  As a reference librarian, she hopes to introduce geographic information systems to students and faculty alike.

From left, Jason Rickles, Janet VanAlstyne and Keighan Chapman.

From left, Jason Rickles, Janet VanAlstyne and Keighan Chapman.

Houk is a Pennsylvania native who earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and master’s degrees from the College of Design, North Carolina State University and the School of Education, Western New Mexico University. You can learn more about Houk at his website by clicking here.

Morton comes from the Compass School in Rockingham where she was the business manager for the past 10 years. In her spare time, Morton enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, photography, meditation and yoga.

Parker, a Chester native and 2002 GMUHS grad, came to GMUHS from the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative in Springfield. Parker brings with her creative energy and administrative skills.

Rickles has taught for the past seven years at Waltham High School in Waltham, MA, where he also coached lacrosse and ran the Freshman Mentor Program. Rickles enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and reading.

Slobodnjak, who holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health, has been working in education since 2000, most recently in special education with Essential Early Education in Springfield. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband and children.

VanAlstyne returns to Green Mountain Union High School and her hometown after several years at the Compass School  as special educator and director of Student Support Services.  VanAlstyne, who has 15 years of educational experience, holds a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Joseph’s and a master of education from Southern New Hampshire University.
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  1. Charles Craft says:

    As one who hired hundreds of teachers and support staff, I can say it certainly appears that someone did a good job in bringing these folks to Green Mountain.