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

Morgan Fisk - 1st Grade
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Morgan has worked at the Newton School since December 2019. She first started as a substitute teacher, then finished her student-teaching here, and is now the first grade teacher. Morgan attended Plymouth State University and earned her BS in Elementary Education with her K-6 teaching certification. When Morgan isn't teaching you can find her coaching the Hartford youth field hockey team, spending time with her family, and baking. You can reach Miss Fisk at

Lauren Giampietro - 2nd Grade
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Lauren Giampietro is the second grade teacher at Newton. She grew up in Watertown, Connecticut, and moved to Vermont after she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Michael's College. For the past three years, Lauren lived in Saint Albans, VT and taught 3rd-5th grade at Berkshire Elementary School. This past summer, she moved to the Upper Valley. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading, and paddle boarding on Lake George. Lauren can be reached at

Alaina Denney - 3/4 ELA & Social Studies
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Alaina Denney is the third and fourth grade ELA/social studies teacher at Newton. She grew up in Pennsylvania in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. In 2012 she relocated 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 with her partner, Nick, who attends Vermont Law School. She has taught second grade the past two years at Newton and is excited to begin a new journey in the third and fourth grade cluster. In her spare time she enjoys reading fantasy novels, attending concerts, and visiting her family at the beach. Alaina can be reached at

Eric Walker - 3/4 Math & Science
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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

Colin Breen - Middle School Social Studies
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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

Erik Reimanis - Middle School Math
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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

Jasmine Tremblay - Middle School 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

Simone Pyle - Middle School ELA
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Simone (she/her) was the Newton School's librarian from 2012 (back when her own children were students here) until the fall of 2023, when she moved into the classroom. Simone has a B.A. in English from Dickinson College and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. After working in a variety of library settings, she decided she likes working with young people best of all, and is delighted to bring her love of literature to middle school students!

Simone enjoys needlecraft, working in the garden, and refurbishing old things, all while listening to LOTS of podcasts! She also runs an after-school Dungeons & Dragons club. Simone is originally from the New Hampshire seacoast, but today lives in Strafford with her husband; two cranky cats; an adorable Chorkie; two bunnies; an assortment of chickens; and occasionally their college-aged daughters. You can reach Simone at