Middle School

HOME > Our School > Faculty & Staff > Middle School

Finn Campman

Middle School Teacher

Finn grew up in the Brattleboro area. He went to the Putney School and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where he focused on 19th-century Literature, Philosophy, and World Peace. After working in publishing and graphic design in New York City he moved back to Vermont where he worked at Sandglass Theater in Putney as technical director and associate artist while forming his own theater, Company of Strangers. Finn has performed and taught all over the world with his theater company. Mentored by Kevin Campbell, he began teaching in the Middle School in 2000. Finn says, “It is the raw passionate creativity of middle school students that makes me love my job. Every one of my students is about to discover the meaning of the universe, every one is walking the tightrope of self awareness, grappling with the potential of abstraction and metaphor. There is no place, I can imagine, where the potential for humanity is more evident.”

Nora Gordon

Middle School Teacher

Nora (class of ’00) grew up in Brattleboro, attending Hilltop for nine years. She completed her BA at Oberlin College and received a masters in environmental studies with a science teaching certificate from Antioch University New England. She returned to Hilltop in 2009 to care for the new campus and quickly found her home in the Middle School teaching math and science. After a two year hiatus to explore her passion for sheep, fiber, and sustainable agriculture, she has rejoined Team MS and is excited to bring some of those passions into the classroom. When not singing the quadratic formula with her students, Nora can be found wandering the woods with her dogs, knitting small woodland creatures, and messing about in boats.

Becky Eisenhandler

Middle School Director

Becky joined the Hilltop Montessori staff in the summer of 2014 as an Elementary Assistant and AfterCare leader for Elementary aged children. In 2015, she joined the Middle school team, bringing an enthusiasm for math and health science. Becky has a BS in Mathematics-Physics from Keene State College and an MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University in Oregon. In her free time, she gardens, swims, hikes, plays bocce, and reads.

Ani Schaeffer

Middle School Teacher

Born on a commune in Guilford, Vermont, and raised in Marlboro and Bennington, Ani attended a constructivist alternative school as a child, eventually going to Sarah Lawrence College. She then moved to New York City, where she lived for thirteen years, to pursue a full career as a conceptual choreographer and dancer. After traveling extensively in Asia, Ani went on to receive a Masters degree in architecture from Pratt institute. She then worked in sustainable design. After being in the classroom since 2007, in 2012 she got her MSEd. from Bank Street College. There, she focused on student centered, emergent curriculum and creative curriculum design. She is a licensed Vermont educator with almost fifteen years of experience working in public and private progressive Pre-K, elementary, and middle school classrooms, as well as running after school, outdoor, and summer programs. She has worked in both urban and rural schools, and with homeschooling families and in educational consultation with adults. Ani continues to work with Vermont Wilderness School as an outdoor education consultant and schools liaison. She is currently in the midst of completing her Montessori Adolescent Diploma with the International Montessori Training Institute, to be completed in July of 2024. Ani is the mother of two highschoolers.