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SJA Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

The Academy welcomed 10 new faculty and two new staff to open the 2017-2018 school year. New faculty (l-r): Annie Angell '97, Jessica Angell, Zachary Hall, Brenda Kendall, Brandon Legendre '13, Jason Mitchell, Brendan Mold '04, Ammon Paquette, Nat Shenton, William Vincent; new staff: Brendan Hughes '12 and Joel Martin.

St. Johnsbury Academy announced the addition of ten new faculty and two new staff members to start the 2017-2018 school year. Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "These new additions to our faculty and staff are diverse in their backgrounds but united in their love of education and young people. Some are alums, some are natives of the NEK, and some are brand new to the area. We are excited by the energy and expertise they have already added to our community, and I am certain they will add much more in the years to come."


Adriane (Annie) Angell '97 joins the Academy as a faculty member working Guidance department. Annie worked last year as a semester-long substitute in Freshman Humanities. She previously taught English at Good Shepherd Catholic School. She holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, English Literature and Secondary Education and a B.A. in English Literature from Lyndon State College.

Jessica Angell joins the Academy as a faculty member in the Science department. Jessica's previous experience includes teaching at Lyndon Town School, Lyndon Institute, and Lyndon State College, and working as a private consultant for Caledonia North Supervisory Union and Director of Education for the Vermont Energy Education Program. She earned a M.A. in Education from Johnson State and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont.

Zachary Hall joins the faculty of the Math department. He received a B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from Boston University where he was a learning assistant in the Physics department.

Brenda Kendall joins the Academy as a faculty member in the English department. Brenda worked previously as an instructor Cambridge College, Middlesex Community College, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Berlitz on Campus Language School. She also worked as a private tutor and a teacher at The Art House. Brenda holds an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a B.A. in English from Atlantic Union College.

Brandon Legendre '13 joins the Wellness department. He has worked as a camp counselor at Camp Iwannahavefun in St. Johnsbury as well in the St. Johnsbury Youth Track and Field program. Brandon graduated in May from Colby Sawyer College with a B.A. in Psychology.

Jason Mitchell joins the Career and Technical Education department as a welding instructor. He previously taught at Lyndon Institute as a welding teacher. He also owns and operates his own welding and fabrication business. He graduated from Central Maine Technical College with an A.S. in welding and fabrication.

Brendan Mold '04 joins the Academy as a Chinese teacher. He previously worked at Lyndon Institute as a Chinese teacher and at Lyndon Town School as a Translator and Interpreter. Brendan holds an M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Langage from Middlebury College and a B.A. in Asian Studies and Geography from the University of Vermont. He also studied Chinese at the Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China.

Ammon Paquette joins the Math department; he previously taught at SJA during the 2005/2006 school year. Ammon most recently worked at G AND R Integration Services as a Strategic Inventory Specialist for John Deere and an Accounting Manager. He also taught at Alleman High School as a Chemistry and Physics teacher. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Augustana College and a Quality Engineering Certificate from Black Hawk College.

Nat Shenton also joins the Academy as a teacher in the Math department. He previously taught math at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Nat received a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Lawrence University.

William Vincent joins the Science department. He has worked as an instructor for an enrichment program at Sandburg Elementary School in Madison, WI as he worked toward earning a Ph.D. in Microbiology. William earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Earlham College.


Brendan Hughes '12 joins the Admissions department. Brendan worked previously as a Healthcare Consultant, Marketing Consultant, and a registered dental Assistant at St. Johnsbury Dental Associates. He holds a M.S. in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Biology from Stonehill College.

Joel Martin joins the Campus Life department as an after-school coordinator. He will also run the student center. Joel worked most recently as a Maintenance Supervisor for Dickenson Plumbing and Heating in Hanover, New Hampshire. He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force.

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