About The Barn School

Meet Our Teachers

Kara von Behren

Founder & Director

Cece VeStrand

Teacher

Kara von Behren co-founded The Barn School in 2016. Kara has a passion for individualized learning and child honoring and has a background working in Early Childhood Education, as well as teaching at the high school and college level. As a mom and educator, Kara knew there had to be a schooling system that would truly awaken students’ spirits and passions, and thus opened The Barn School. 

In 2017, the school had expanded enough that it was clear the school would need another teacher, and so Melissa Crosa, M.Ed, was hired as well. Melissa has a gentle spirit and shows respect and kindness to all of her students while still maintaining order in a classroom, so it was a perfect fit!

The Barn School also utilizes community members and views the whole world as our classroom. We often go to bakeries, farms, theaters, and so forth and regard each expert in the field who we meet as a teacher. Our learning is not limited to four walls. We also have weekly lessons in Spanish, Sustainability, Art, Music, Cooking, Yoga, and Phys Ed taught by other teachers as well.

All of our teachers are passionate and excited to be here. We ask that our teachers attend and respond to their students with love, understanding, and humor. The relationships built at The Barn are strong and deeply rooted in kindness and respect.

The Barn School is a Vermontessori learning environment, where we draw from Montessori pedagogy, from a certified Montessori instructor, (and also pull from the Waldorf and Reggio Emilia methodologies, without being constrained by any one of them) and center everything in the rich rural traditions of Vermont.

The Barn School has an indoor/outdoor classroom, where students are encouraged to engage not just with their academics, but also their surroundings through experiences, like tapping maple trees on the onsite sugar-bush and learning about the eco-systems around the barn.

We uphold an environment of acceptance that helps to build inner confidence in each student, which allows them to focus on academics.

Meet Our Teachers

Kara von Behren

Founder & Director

Tamara Henson

Spirit Class Teacher

Cece VeStrand

Heart & Wonder Class Teacher

Kara von Behren co-founded The Barn School in 2016. Kara has a passion for individualized learning and child honoring and has a background working in Early Childhood Education, as well as teaching at the high school and college level. As a mom and educator, Kara knew there had to be a schooling system that would truly awaken students’ spirits and passions, and thus opened The Barn School. When children have the chance to be the leaders of their learning, they can take ownership and become truly immersed.  Their learning unfolds and they can become their best selves when we trust them, treat them as responsible and capable beings, and when we help them to understand who they are and what makes them so wonderful.  When we teach children what they want to learn and in the methods that they excel in, we give them the opportunity to know their own greatness and reach their potential.  In order to do this, we must provide opportunities and invitations for children that are rich in sensory experiences, that explore and encapsulate the beauty of the natural world, and that surround children with the comfort and security they need to feel emotionally and physically safe enough to explore the world around them.  We teach children first by connecting through the heart, and only then can we connect through the mind.  As Aristotle says, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Tamara Henson graduated from UVM in 2009 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and she is a licensed teacher for children birth - grade three.  She has worked in the public school system with children from K - grade 5, and for the past seven years, she has worked in a preschool setting as the licensed teacher supporting children in their preschool years.  She is passionate about honoring children, understanding who they are as individuals, and ensuring that her classroom reflects the unique capabilities and interests of each child.  First and foremost, she sees her role as teacher to help each of her students to be their best selves and understand their own greatness.  She is an avid cook and baker, she loves being outside and enabling learning to occur in nature, and she excels at individualizing instruction and providing opportunities that challenge and engage each child.   

Cece VeStrand recently graduated from The University of Vermont with a degree in Early Childhood Education. As an educator, it is her goal to provide rigorous, interactive and developmentally appropriate instruction to children of all abilities. She also believes in the use of outdoor spaces as an extension of the classroom. She loves exploring and spending time outside; if she is not inside reading, drawing or painting, you can find her hiking, kayaking or gardening! She views children as capable individuals, and she is thrilled to begin learning alongside them in the coming school year.
 

The Barn School also utilizes community members and views the whole world as our classroom. We often go to bakeries, farms, theaters, and so forth and regard each expert in the field who we meet as a teacher. Our learning is not limited to four walls. We also have weekly lessons in Spanish, Sustainability, Art, Music, Cooking, Yoga, and Physical Ed taught by other teachers as well.

All of our teachers are passionate and excited to be here. We ask that our teachers attend and respond to their students with love, understanding, and humor. The relationships built at The Barn School are strong and deeply rooted in kindness and respect.

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Tel: 802.528.9638

Email: Kara@thebarnschoolvt.com

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