Anmari Kicza - Kindergarten
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Anmari began teaching at Newton in 2006 and has taught K-2, K-8 Art, and kindergarten. She guided the class structure from part to full-day kindergarten and began the school’s forest day program. She loves the big learning, curiosity, and joy of kindergartners. Anmari has a Master’s degree in Education from Naropa University and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Anmari always enjoys learning more, particularly about nature, art, and literacy. She and Ben, also a teacher, lived in Costa Rica, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Scotland before settling down in beautiful Vermont. They live nearby with their son and two dogs and enjoy traveling, being outdoors, music, good food, reading, and biking. When not teaching you will find Anmari playing games with her son, running with the dogs, or reading a good book. You can reach her at akicza@wrvsu.org.

Marie Robinson 1st Grade Teacher
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Marie has held a variety of positions at the Newton School since she  first arrived in 1999.  She has taught reading, Kindergarten, and first and second grades. She has a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. She grew up in Pomfret, and has circled back around to living in the house she grew up in while taking care of her parents. She enjoys living on a small farm, reading, taking photographs every chance she gets, and painting wood cookies. She has 2 grown children and is soon to be a first time grandma! Marie can be reached at mrobinson@wrvsu.org.

Alaina Denney - 2nd Grade
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Alaina Denney is the second grade teacher at Newton. She grew up in a steel mill town in Pennsylvania, right between Lancaster and Philadelphia. In 2012, she moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her family. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Coastal Carolina University. Alaina moved from the south to Vermont in the summer of 2021 after teaching first grade for two years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, and visiting her family at the beach. Alaina can be reached at adenney@wrvsu.org.

Denise Cote 3rd Grade Teacher
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Denise came to Newton in 2011, right about the same time as Tropical Storm Irene, and has been a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher. She is known for her personal library collection of over 3,000 children’s books. She worked hard to receive a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed. from Saint Michael’s College in Education with a concentration in reading. Her favorite part of a school day is getting to read aloud to students. She also is very passionate about teaching Plate Tectonics and has a permanent rock display in Wolf Den. Denise lives a mile from school with her two cats, Theena and Hermes. Denise enjoys gardening, swimming, riding horses, and spending time with her family. You can reach Miss Cote at dcote@wrvsu.org.

Eric Walker - 4th grade
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Eric hails from Michigan originally and came to Vermont in 2006 and Newton in 2012 by way of Florida, Ireland, and France.  He attended the University of Florida and has a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Vermont University - Johnson and a teaching certification from the Upper Valley Educator Institute.  In his former life, Eric owned a small chain of hair salons, was a real estate developer, and then had a career as a professional artist exhibiting his oil paintings in New York, Boston, and several countries in Europe.  In his spare time, Eric is an avid downhill skier and supporter of SEC college sports and loves to cook gourmet meals and listen to music and travel (especially to Europe) with his wife of almost 4 decades, Suzy.  They live in White River Junction with their awesomely amazing and adorable Goldendoodle, Phoebe. You can reach Eric at ewalker@wrvsu.org.

Jasmine Tremblay - 5th grade Math & Reading, 5th & 6th Science
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Jasmine moved back to her hometown of Thetford, VT in 2018 with her family, where she began her journey at Newton. She has earned a Master’s of Education degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She is passionate about facilitating personal learning and STEM experiences with middle school students. She has been teaching for more than 18 years, and has been fortunate enough to experience opportunities like leading a learning studio through Digital Promise, speaking at the VSTA conference, the NSTA STEM Conference, and helping students compete at events like VTC’s Bridge Building, World Drinking Water Week, VT Arbor Day tree art, and Green Up Day. Jasmine enjoys being creative, laughing and being with friends & family. To learn more about her, you can visit her website teachingwithtremblay or contact her at jtremblay@wrvsu.org.

Colin Breen - Middle School Humanities
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Colin comes from a family of teachers, which means they always have something to talk about at Thanksgiving. After graduating from Goucher College with degrees in History and English Literature, he taught English as a second language in South Korea for two years before returning to the United States to get his teaching certification from Providence College. He's taught in Providence, Boston, and now Strafford. He's a big fan of basketball, photography, taking his dog for walks, the history of everyday objects, and (of course) smooth jazz. You can reach Colin at cbreen@wrvsu.org.

Erik Reimanis - Middle School Math & Science
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Erik Reimanis started teaching middle school math and science full time at the Newton School in 2019.  Erik was the part time music teacher for five years before that.  He spent his childhood in semi-rural New York State and also the African country of Nigeria for two years.  As a young one, he traveled to many other parts of the globe.  After graduating from the University of Rochester in New York, Erik worked for environmental causes, met Kate (the love of his life!), got married and raised two beautiful children in South Strafford.  He loves playing piano and guitar, exploring nature and natural phenomena, working hard and has a large organically managed vegetable garden.  He has lived in South Strafford, in the house that he and Kate built, since 2004. You can reach Erik at ereimanis@wrvsu.org.