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Team Apex (Grade 7)



Our goal is to foster a love of learning by building a collaborative, challenging, safe learning environment in which each student develops a sense of belonging and purpose as an active member of the community.

Jocelyn Foran

Jocelyn is the Science specialist on Team Apex.  This is her sixth year teaching at Mt. Abraham.  She received a master’s degree in environmental studies and science education from Antioch University, New England. Prior to that she spent a number of years as an environmental educator working for organizations such as the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Chewonki Foundation.  She received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.  Jocelyn, her husband and their twin toddlers live in Lincoln where they enjoy hiking, biking, and exploring the brook behind their house.          

Nan Guilmette

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Nan is the English Language Arts specialist on Team Apex. After attending the University of Georgia, Nan started her teaching career as an English teacher in a Japanese public high school. Afterwards, she attended Harvard University for graduate school. She taught special education for a year in a charter school in the Boston area, but quickly moved back to Vermont so that her husband, who is not a fan of the big city, could move back to his home state. This is Nan’s eighth year teaching at Mt. Abraham, and she and her husband and two children are proud to call Monkton their home.  

Betsy Rippner

Betsy, Team Apex's Social Studies specialist, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and earned her B.A. at the University of Michigan. She then moved to the Northeast and lived and worked in Boston before going to graduate school (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) to become a Social Studies teacher.  She moved to Vermont to teach Middle School at Mt. Abe and currently lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and dog in the next town (and sports rival!) over-- Vergennes. Betsy loves Mt. Abraham because of the great people, both colleagues and students, that she gets to work with on a daily basis. She has seen many changes (especially with regard to technology), has been a part of several team configurations, and is very excited to be a part of the new Team Apex.