The Mosaic Program, established in Castleton schools in 1998, was initially inspired by the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (Renzulli) to provide challenges for academically gifted students as well as diverse, interdisciplinary opportunities for all children - to promote creativity, problem-solving, and project-based learning.  While the program has evolved to meet emergent needs, we continue to work across grade levels (Pre-K through 8) to provide enrichment through small pull-out groups, independent study, clubs, field trips, guest speakers, outdoor learning, and differentiated instruction.  We often provide support in whole classrooms to pilot new ideas (many of which are later incorporated into regular classrooms), and we provide extra staffing & content to enable experiential learning outside the classroom walls.

Email: jwhite-hansen@arsu.org

Joni White-Hansen has been a teacher for over 34 years, graduating from the University of Dayton with a BS in Art Education. In her early years of teaching, she was a classroom and art teacher at a mountain/farm school in the Adirondacks, moving eventurally to discover the beauty of Vermont and worked as an Enrichment Teacher in Essex Town. Joni has taught internationally in Ecuador and Brazil, and has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Art, culture, the environment, and the qualities of creative thinking all contribute to Joni's teaching style.

Besides working half-time at CES, Joni is also an Artist-in- Residence for Circus Smirkus, travelling to many schools in the northeast to teach circus skills. She incorporates resilience, empowerment, and compassion in her teaching, and is a leader in the Mindfulness Program at CES and CVS, offering tools for balance, focus and centering to students and staff.  Joni also values time with her family, two sons Jasper and Ky, and husband Per.

Joni is an avid dancer, artist, gardener, biker, hiker, skier, and overall enthusiastic adventurer when it comes to the mountains and lakes of Vermont and beyond.

Email: jajones@arsu.org

 Jan Jones helped to develop the Mosaic Program and has
continued as one of the 50% Mosaic teachers since that time. She
is licensed in Art K-12 and Early Childhood Education through 
grade 3, and recently completed a Masters degree in Curriculum and 
Instruction with a thesis focused teaching natural science 
through design. Her areas of focus include outdoor education, including the school garden, and artistic/engineering design.
While not working at the school, Jan is often at her other job, 
working as the director/children's librarian at 
Castleton Free Library, or enjoying time with her family
(Dave Marr, Ivy, Zoe & Twyla) in Hubbardton.

Jan is interested in too many things to count, but 
especially loves natural science, art, creative thinking, gardens,
hiking, and travel.