Alley Mazzullo is a co-founder of Red Fox Community School. She believes in helping students become stewards of their own learning, giving children time and space to try out big ideas and encouraging kindness and compassion. Alley is happiest when she is outside and believes in giving children many opportunities to be immersed in the natural world. When she's not teaching she manages a small homestead in Pawlet with her husband Elijah. They have dairy goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, dogs and cats! Alley has been working with children in educational settings for the last ten years both in schools as a classroom teacher and on farms. Before she was a teacher she was a farmer and brings this passion into the classroom. Alley loves the green mountains and is so happy to be here in Vermont graced by them. She holds a B.A in poetry and anthropology from Bard College and a M.Ed in elementary and early childhood education from Antioch University New England.
Director of Admissions and Administration
MaryBeth has been an active member of the educational world for the past 28 years. She is excited to join the Red Fox team and be able to say she has worked in education from Kindergarten through College in her career. Directly after graduating from Fordham University with a B.A. in American History and minors in Education and Peace and Justice, she was a high school history teacher in the New York City school system. She then went on to work as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and academic advisor at Columbia University.
While she took time off of her career to raise four children with her husband, Mark. She served on several boards first in Scarsdale, New York and then in Manchester when they moved their family up to Vermont twelve years ago. For the past two years she served as Dean of Student Life and Experiences at Long Trail School. Her daughter, Bailey is a Junior at Manhattanville College. Her son, Hugh is a Freshman at Champlain College. And her youngest children, Nick and Nora are starting their first year at Burr and Burton Academy. MaryBeth is an avid tennis and paddle player, enjoys golf and skiing with her family and loves to cook and dance.
Karen relocated to Vermont from New Jersey in 2018, having spent winters here since childhood. Vermont has always been her heart’s home and she’s very happy to be here permanently at last. Her teaching philosophy can be summed up in this quote by Plato: "Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." She believes that children are not homogenized versions of one another but are unique individuals with an innate desire to explore the world around them in their own way, and it is when that exploration is encouraged that children thrive and learn best. It is paramount to focus on the emotional and social well being of the child, guiding them to become compassionate and community minded humans who genuinely care about the world and all of its inhabitants. She encourages and instills a sense of social justice and responsibility in her students.
Karen has been an educator for over 10 years, and has taught in both the private and public sector - always staunch believer in progressive education. Her teaching background includes pre-K, 4th grade, 3-5th Behavioral Support, kindergarten co-teaching at a school for autism, Art and Science Enrichment, and as a behavioral therapist. Karen has a BA in Humanities/Philosophy and a Masters in education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to teaching, Karen is a mom of three older children. She is an avid gardener and herbalist, a published writer, writes and performs spoken word poetry, writes lyrics and sings, paints and creates art. She also enjoys hiking with her crazy lab Hazel, skiing, meditating and being in nature whenever possible.
Karen resides in Wilmington, Vermont.