We are attempting to create a program that fosters the growth of self-directed community members who will have the skills required to achieve their goals and collaborate with others to solve the real world-problems of the 21st century.
Our classroom culture is one that emphasizes differentiated instruction, student growth and reflection, the innovative and effective use of technology, a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses the rigorous and relevant skill sets required of our students in the 21st century, and emphasizes the development of independent, goal-oriented students.
Finally, it's no secret that hard work and a growth mindset are keys to success. These traits are hallmarks of our program and will continue to be well into the future. We believe that it is not where you start, but where you finish that counts. We look to deliver a meaningful educational experience that helps to transform our students into the students, citizens, and contributing members of society they hope to be.
Don Taylor is a middle school educator who is starting his 16th year at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, VT. He teaches language arts and social studies.
Taylor is working hard to create an innovative, integrated, and dynamic learning environment for all students. His attempts to make education relevant include the development of curriculum tied to sustainability, integrated literacy, technology, gaming and 21st century skills.
When not working on his craft, Don can be found spending time with his family enjoying Vermont's outdoor, cultural, and community offerings. He is an avid angler, reader, and runner who believes that, "It's not where you start, it's where you finish."
Ryan Humke is licensed to teach Middle School math and science and is currently employed at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, VT.
Humke believes in hands-on, participatory education and offers students the choice to demonstrate learning through differentiated product. Humke enjoys the diverse curriculum he teaches but above all seeks to inspire students to link educational pursuits to existing interests thereby making learning personal.
Outside the classroom, Humke enjoys watching local soccer matches, rock climbing, exploring the Worcester range, and traveling abroad.
"Every students learns, just not on the same day or in the same way" -George Evans