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Barbara Beckwith

Business Manager
802.257.0500 ext 111

Barb and her family made Brattleboro their home in 2019 after living 4 years on the beautiful island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean. There she and her husband Nester ran a very successful small business where she managed the finance and office responsibilities. Barb was born and raised in Maine and spent 11 years working in the municipal offices of Naples and Gray before embarking on their island adventure. While in Maine she also owned and operated Sebago Soap Company.

Barb has one daughter Reine, currently in the Lower Elementary at Hilltop. Barb’s husband Nester is a carpenter and a member of HMS Building & Grounds Committee. Barb enjoys travelling with her family, working the garden, wake boarding and scuba diving. She is excited to join us and notes, “Before moving here, I had my mind and heart set on working at Hilltop. I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.”

Tamara Mount

Head of School
802.257.0500 ext 110

Tamara Mount joined Hilltop as Head of School in the Summer of 2013 excited to combine her management and Montessori experiences. She began in Montessori as a two year old and attended through Lower Elementary at a school where her mother was the Head of School. After transitioning to a traditional school she then went to the University of Virginia, majoring in English and Environmental Science. After graduating, Tamara worked for a leading consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area providing environmental management consulting for ten years.

Once she and her husband, Brad, had children of Montessori age, she delved back into the educational system that had always seemed right to her. Tamara obtained her Montessori Lower Elementary credential in 2008 from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She was the lead teacher in a Lower Elementary class for six years.

Tamara’s son Darwin is a Hilltop graduate, class of 2016 and Huxley graduated in the class of 2018. Tamara is honored and enthused to be able to lead this quality school with a close knit community as it continues to develop and grow in bringing the best of Montessori to the Brattleboro area.

Desi Plumley

Administrative Coordinator

Zoe Proctor

Admissions Director
802.257.0500 ext 101

Kegan Refalo

Facilities Director & Emergency Manager
248-974-6475

Kegan is our resident Jack-of-All-Trades. His primary task is to manage all the behind the scene tasks so that the campus is a safe and beautiful learning environment. He will also be supervising the Middle School Student Building Projects and assisting with campus theatre productions.

Kegan has 5 years experience in remodeling and property maintenance. In 2003, Kegan helped design and build a youth drop-in center, then worked with the teens (11-15 yrs old) for 3 years. Kegan traveled across the east coast for 6 years as a theatrical tailor, after graduating with an A.A.S. degree in Tailoring from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006. Interwoven with his time in the Theatre Industry, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University, studied spanish in Rhonda, Spain for 4 months, and helped start The Jobs Project, a renewable energy focused non-profit, based in the heart of Appalachian coal mining communities.

Kegan moved up to Vermont in 2012 inspired by the state’s focus on local economies. His time in Vermont has been a patchwork of overlapping projects working with small Vermont farms, a local meat processing facility, a small bakery, timber framing with an intentional community, restoring and repairing residential homes and putting on firework displays for Vermont community celebrations with Northstar Fireworks. In his leisure time, you will find him deep in the woods and traveling the world. Kegan is here and ready to dig in and grow at Hilltop, where all his diverse skills sets can take root.

Marco Yunga Tacuri

Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Director & Children's House Spanish and PE Teacher

Marco joined Hilltop in 2015 as an After Care and Children’s House assistant, after seeing what a positive effect Hilltop had on his two children, who are currently in the Lower and Upper Elementary Programs.

He moved to Brattleboro in 2014 from his home country of Ecuador. In Ecuador he taught language through music to preschoolers and cultural studies and art to high schoolers and since moving to Brattleboro has taught Spanish at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Four Rivers Charter School. He received his BA in Cultural Studies from the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, and his masters in Anthropology from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, where he studied, identity, ethnopolitics, and traditional music in the Amazon. He plays guitar and many traditional Ecuadorian instruments and was the director of a traditional Andean band for ten years. He also has a love for photography, woodworking, pottery, soccer, and mosaic-making. He is excited to bring his passion for social justice and culture, Spanish language experience, and creativity to Hilltop.

Erin Wessel

Development Director

Erin, her husband Tim, and their energetic three and a half year old Declan reside in downtown Brattleboro. They are strong advocates for the Brattleboro community and love to explore their town’s many local features. 

Prior to joining Hilltop, Erin has spent her entire career working in the nonprofit sector, in various roles, around the country from wilderness conservation in Portland, OR, to entrepreneurship in Durham, NC, and most recently in the field of mental health and addiction in Brattleboro, VT. Her varied interests have led her to the Hilltop community, where she is excited to get to know the families and teachers and see how impactful the education is for each child at Montessori.

In her spare time, (which with a toddler seems fleeting at times), Erin enjoys spending time outside hiking, running, or being by the ocean, as well as reading, and practicing ashtanga yoga.