The Team

Laura Goldblatt

Program Director and Singing Crickets teacher Laura joined the Garland School community in 2014. She is a licensed elementary teacher with a background in holistic, progressive education models, and is working toward her early childhood education endorsement. These days, her interests revolve around sustainable living, creating nourishing environments for children, and bike commuting. She lives in Brattleboro with her spouse and two children (both Garland graduates), a fluffy cat, and four chickens.


Aaron Goodier

Singing Crickets teacher and school administrator Aaron has been with Garland since 2018. His education includes an M.A. in Teaching from Marlboro College's social justice-oriented Spark Program. Aaron puts an emphasis on the freedom to play and explore, with the teacher's guidance as a light touch. Aaron lives in Brattleboro with his books and his cat.

Britt O'Connor

Britt has been at The Garland School since the summer of 2019. Originally teaching in the Morning Glory room, she is excited to be transitioning back to her roots of working with the youngest members of the community and their families in the Rosebud nursery. Before moving to Brattleboro, Britt was a long-time infant and young toddler teacher in Cambridge, MA. In Cambridge, she studied Holistic Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Next to teaching, her passion also lies with her work as a birth and postpartum doula. Britt spends most of her time with her spouse and their dog, along with their chosen Vermont family. She is an amateur fiber artist, gardener, and collector of unique art pieces.

Laura Perry

Cook Laura is brand-new to our team. After a career in social work, she made a change to pursue her passion: cooking. She has cooked for children in school and camp settings since then. Welcome, Laura!

Maud Sipe

Morning Glories teacher Maud joined the Garland School in July 2020, and brings a lifetime of experience with Waldorf education. She comes from a family of Waldorf teachers and has had Waldorf education herself from early childhood through high school. Because of her own experiences, Maud wanted to share the love and warmth she experienced by becoming a teacher herself. One of her favorite parts of teaching is sharing her love of stories and puppetry with children and their families. She is looking forward to sharing the magical world of early childhood. Maud received her Waldorf Early Childhood degree from the Alkion Center.

Andree Zaleska

Singing Crickets teacher Andrée has 15 years' teaching experience, and was the founder and director of a tiny school in Boston called JP Green School, based at her own urban homestead. She specializes in nature-based education, "adventure play", and gardening with children. Andrée moved to Vermont in 2019 and when she is not teaching she's busy creating a homestead on a hill in Dummerston. She is currently enrolled in the Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate program at Antioch New England. Andrée has two sons, both in college nearby.