2nd Grade: Galen Kemp
Galen Kemp has been teaching at Oak Grove School since 2008 in a variety of roles including paraeducator grades 2-3, and since 2016 as second grade teacher.
After earning her Bachelor’s and Associate’s Degrees in Marketing/Business Management and English from Saint Lawrence University and Champlain College, she returned to school to pursue a career in education. In 2007 she graduated from The Upper Valley Educators Institute with her Elementary Education licence.
Galen has a passion for reading and science, and also for including games and team building activities in her classroom. She enjoys using technology to enhance the learning of her students, and cultivating a sense of responsibility and self-awareness in her students.
Outside of school, Galen is an outdoor enthusiast and can be found playing golf and riding her mountain bike in the summer, and coaching ski racing at Mount Snow during the winter months.
3rd Grade: Deb Pierotti
My Name is Deb Pierotti. I am a 3 rd Grade teacher at Oak Grove. I’ve taught 3rd and 4th grade in Brattleboro for 26 years. I earned my
Masters Degree at Antioch University after being the director of an early childhood center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
My hope as a teacher is to enable my students to be compassionate citizens of the world. I believe students learn best in a low stress environment that combines high expectations with kindness, acceptance, curiosity, and creativity. Learning comes alive when a stimulating curriculum is infused with the spirit of inquiry. My hope
as a teacher is to offer the fullest spectrum of learning for my students- a learning process that involves exploration and discovery beyond the curriculum and the classroom. I love the challenge of helping my
students grow academically!
One of the highlights of my teaching career was participating in the Asian studies Program. I studied and taught with a group of Vermont teachers in China, and Thailand. I also taught kindergarten in England for a year. These enriching exposures to other cultures continue to shape the multicultural focus in my classroom today.
My other interests are teaching yoga, open water swimming, biking, skiing, and foraging for wild food and mushrooms. My latest passion is learning to play the violin. In the summer I travel back to my roots to
Colorado and Utah to hike the majestic mountains, visit family members and play with my adorable nephews.