Saturday August 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Oak Meadow, a Brattleboro-based provider of homeschooling curriculum for students in grades K to 12, has announced the appointment of new high school director, Alan Fortescue, of Amherst, Mass.

With extensive experience in teaching and leadership in higher and experiential education, Fortescue holds a Ph.D. in Education and Leadership from the University of Virginia and earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in literature. He was the director of education for Earthwatch Institute from 2005 to 2010 and has been a consulting editor for the Journal of Environmental Education since 2007.

Fortescue has served as a consultant for UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), where he was also a cofounder and steering committee member for the North American Alliance for Sustainable Development and Education. He has consulted for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, Discovery Channel Education, and WGBH Public Television.

In addition to his accomplishments as an educational professional, Fortescue is an award-winning painter and skilled mountaineer.

Executive Director Michelle Simpson-Siegel said, "Alan brings such vibrancy to the high school director role. His dedication to experiential education and self-expression is a great match for Oak Meadow.


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He’s already begun to innovate aspects of our program and to connect with our students and families."

Oak Meadow’s curriculum can be used independently or through its fully-accredited distance learning school. Founded in 1975, it is an approved Independent School in Vermont. For further information, visit oakmeadow.com.