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Cristina Piergentili

22 May 2024By
Cristina is a lifelong Vermonter. She grew up in Dummerston and eventually left for college at the University of Vermont, where she got her degree in Animal Science. She stayed in the Burlington area for 12 years where she ran her own business as a dog trainer and dog walker. In 2022 she returned to...
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22
May
24
Aug

Sarah Thessing

26 Jun 2023By
Sarah has spent a career managing US government-funded international development projects around the globe. She received her B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School in Development Studies and Human Rights, followed by an M.A. in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She took her first job in 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam...
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26
Jun

Travis Thiele

20 Dec 2021By
Travis Thiele was born in Brattleboro, grew up in Westminster West, attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and has worked in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Lake Tahoe, and Park City. He is a certified ski and snowboard instructor since 2001 and has taught thousands of lessons around the world to predominantly clients with disabilities. He was...
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20
Dec

Desi Plumley

12 May 2021By
Desi joined Hilltop in 2021 after 14 plus years at Grace Cottage Hospital. A local Vermonter, Desi had lived in various towns throughout the state before settling in Brattleboro, where she is happy to be close to family. Although Desi has deep roots in Southern VT, she loves traveling both internationally and domestically. So far,...
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12
May

Ashlyn Stephens

14 Jan 2021By
Ashlyn completed her BS in Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and her MA in Education at Loyola University in Baltimore. A world traveler who finally found her calling in a Montessori classroom, she then completed her AMI Elementary training in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Besides working with children, Ashlyn also enjoys any...
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14
Jan

Trudy Vandertuin

14 Jan 2021By
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Trudy moved to Vermont in 2016. During the Covid-19 pandemic Trudy joined the Facilities Team in 2020 as an assistant. In her second year she starting training as a Water Operator and received her certification in June 2023. Trudy also helps to manage campus rentals, event set ups,...
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14
Jan

Marco Yunga Tacuri

6 Jan 2020By
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...
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06
Jan

Barbara Beckwith

5 Jan 2020By
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 TJ owned and operated a successful small business where she managed the finance and office responsibilities. Barb was born and raised in Maine and spent 11...
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05
Jan

Tamara Mount

2 Jan 2020By
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...
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