BONDVILLE — The Board of Trustees for The Mountain School at Winhall has unanimously selected Colleen Palmer, Ph.D., to be the new Head of School, effective July 1. Palmer will succeed Peter Ahlfeld, who has worked with local communities and served at Head of School for the past three years.
Selected among the several candidates from across the East Coast, Palmer's commitment to the K-8 education in a small Vermont community stood out. Her expertise and passion in growing young learners and supporting teachers is unquestionable, the school stated in a press release.
Palmer is a lifelong educator who has enjoyed a successful career as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools. During the past decade she has worked as
superintendent of schools for three different districts in Connecticut (Westport, Weston, and Monroe).
These posts have honed Palmer's skills in management, communication, budgeting and excellence in education. Palmer also has experience in student counseling and teaching mathematics to all grade levels. She is currently working at Black River High/Middle School providing support for student transition as the school closes.
Palmer earned her Ph.D and B.A. from the University of Connecticut where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She received her Masters and Administration and Supervision degrees from Southern Connecticut State University. She holds several Vermont and Connecticut certifications.
Aside from Palmer's career, she impressed the Search Committee and MSW board with her "easy demeanor and humor."
"We have been struck by her insights and thoughtfulness with the students, teachers and parents," states the press release. "She is excited to get started in our independent school and build on 'Vermont is our classroom' and grow the outdoor program."