Faculty & Staff

MaryBeth O'Donnell

School Director

MaryBeth has been an active member of the educational world for the past 28 years. 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 public 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, Vermont. She returned to work as Dean of Student Life and Experiences at Long Trail School. In 2019 she joined the Red Fox team as a part time administrator. And now serves as the School Director. She believes that the progressive model and community base that Red Fox offers to its students is the key for students becoming engaged, creative, empowered learners that self advocate and are contributing members to their community. MaryBeth is an avid tennis and paddle player, enjoys golf and skiing with her family and loves to cook and dance.

Alley Mazzullo

Head Teacher

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 and son Caleb. 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.

Sarah Post

Head Teacher

Sarah has returned to teaching after raising two daughters with her husband, Lamont. She brings to Red Fox ten years of teaching experience in both independent and public schools where she taught preschool and grades one and two. Recently, Sarah has worked as a substitute teacher at area schools. She is also a dedicated community volunteer. Sarah believes that the early childhood years are a special time which require listening to and supporting children on their journey. Sarah’s goal is to help children find their voices and grow into independent learners. 

Sarah lives in West Pawlet with her family and their three cats. They’ve lived in Vermont for 15 years and love the area and community they’ve found. She has a passion for cooking and thinks it's important for kids to learn the process of growing, making, and enjoying food. Sarah also loves time spent outside, reading, doing yoga, and being with friends and family. She grew up in Kent, Ohio where she also attended Kent State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.

 

Meghann Cancio-Bello

Art & Spanish Teacher

Meghann has been a part of the Red Fox Community since its inception, joining the team to teach art and Spanish. She first began working as an educator at The Environmental Schools of Maine teaching natural science, and at Farm and Wilderness Summer Camps in Plymouth, VT. These were very formative experiences that led Meghann to study at Prescott College where she could continue an education in art and continue to build upon the outdoor education experience and passion for nature and protecting it. The past twenty years Meghann has spent raising her two children with her husband, and traveling between Vermont and Mexico, where she worked over ten years as an artisan. She has been active in local schools as a substitute and has led her own summer camp programs from her home in Pawlet, Vermont. When working with children she strives to allow freedom of expression and to honor each child’s unique perspective. She feels so grateful to have become part of the Red Fox team where all her experience and love for art, nature and working with children can merge together.

 

Taheem Baptiste

Assistant Teacher

Hello there! My name is Taheem Baptiste and I look forward to meeting all the students and families at Red Fox. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and I would say Vermont is a huge change of pace for me, but I love it. I’m currently an undergraduate student exploring my interest in early childhood education. This will be my first time ever as a teachers assistant and am excited for what this peculiar school year has to bring. I fell in love with Vermont after my first summer at camp Keewaydin as a counselor and have found myself coming back since. There I was able to obtain my water rescue and wilderness first aid certificate along with the skills needed to keep young children wanting to learn. Here’s to a fantastic school year!

 

Maxine Linehan

Board Chair

Maxine Linehan, an Irish native, is an international concert and recording artist. She travels the world performing her critically acclaimed concerts at renowned venues. Together with her husband, celebrated sound engineer and songwriter, Andrew Koss, she opened The Studio At Strawberry Field’s Lane in Manchester, a state of the art recording studio that has become a beloved destination for both national and local music makers. Maxine is also a qualified attorney and holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of London and is a graduate Barrister of the The Inns of Court School of Law in London. She also studied performance at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Maxine is the proud founding Board Chair of Red Fox Community School and both of her children are Red Fox students.

Alley Mazzullo

Board Member

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 and son Caleb. 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.

Bethany Jenkins

Board Member

Bethany Jenkins, MSEd is an eager Red Fox Parent. She is a Vermont native unexpectedly returned to the state after  25 years. She has called NYC and it’s metro region home as well as Northern Utah. With a heart for the underserved, Bethany was a college counselor to high school students, then worked in college admissions for 6 years, proud to have been part of a school that was intentionally diverse. She’s traveled to 12 countries as well as 47 states in the US; and is currently writing and singing new songs. She loves dearly her family, and is excited about investing time in the meaningful education community at Red Fox as it grows.

Matt Kobb

Board Member

Matt spent the early years of his career with the Private Client Division of Alex Brown and Sons, a Baltimore based investment bank and brokerage firm. He comes to Red Fox Community School after 9 years as a middle school mathematics teacher at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. He has been an adjunct professor at Pace University in Manhattan where he taught the fundamental Business 150 course at the Lubin School of Business. He has developed and taught academic curriculum for New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, developed multi-topic curriculum for the Learning Annex in Fair Haven, VT, and written online courses for the I-Pace business curriculum at Pace University. Matt presented comprehensive learning projects to the MidSchoolMath National conferences in 2017 and 2019. He has also worked with the DeBridge School in Nairobi, Kenya to raise funds, advise on curriculum, and develop a strategic plan. He holds a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from Moravian College, an M.B.A. from Lehigh University, and an M.S. Ed. degree from Long Island University. Matt is new to Manchester but not to Vermont. He and his family have spent summers here for over 25 years. He is happy to be a permanent resident and excited to be a part of the Red Fox team.

Sara Howard Garay

Board Member

Sara Howard Garay is a devoted mother who values independent education. She graduated from Lasell College as Valedictorian, with a B.S in Science. Sara serves as trustee on The Crawford Howard Private Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. The Crawford Howard Private Foundation was established in 1997 by her father, Hal B. Howard, who instilled the guiding principles of philanthropy in Sara’s life. Providing educational opportunities to underserved youth, chairing fundraising events, and volunteering bring Sara joy and satisfaction carrying on her family legacy. Sara also works closely with the Maple Street School, Community Sharing Project, and The Summer Lunch Program.

Sara loves raising her ten-year daughter Izzy in Dorset, Vermont, which she has called home since 2005.  Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening as well as tending to her parade of dogs, cats, goats, and a hen house
of chickens.

Sara and Izzy split their time between Dorset, Vermont and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Kristen Eckhardt

Board Member

Kristen is a 1989 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has been teaching for 27 years. She holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and in Curriculum and Instruction from UVM. She is also a licensed school librarian, currently employed by Kingsley Montessori School in Boston, MA. Kristen spent a number of years with The Aurora School in Middlebury, VT when it was a progressive grassroots elementary school similar to Red Fox. She is thrilled to have made a connection to us and considers it an important link for her to Vermont, where she raised her children and has many close ties. Kristen enjoys being outside every season, either on foot, a bike or her skis. She is also an avid reader whose favorite author is Willa Cather. She looks forward to contributing to the health and well-being of Red Fox Community School in all ways, believing that children learn best when they are offered generous playtime out-of-doors, lots of time to read and think, and ample opportunities to construct their understanding of the world.

Jim Johnston

Board Member