The Burlington City and Lake Semester is an immersive, place-based program for high school students in Burlington, Vermont. In its initial phase, the program is a partnership between the Burlington School District and Shelburne Farms, with staff drawn from both organizations.
Peter McConville teaches English at BHS. In 2011 he received a fellowship from the Rowland Foundation to explore interdisciplinary, thematic learning at the high school level. Subsequently he served as Co-Coordinator of the Partnership for Change, a multi-year effort in Burlington and Winooski to remodel public education to better prepare young people for success in a complex global society.
Favorite Book: The River Why by David James Duncan
Struggling With: Pollinator limitation in my backyard vegetable garden
Favorite Mode of Transportation: My bike
Best of Burlington: The sunsets in late fall
Dov Stucker teaches Social Studies at BHS. In recent years, he taught School Innovation Seminar, a multi-age course that engages students in the complex work of school redesign. He was a Community-Based Learning Fellow in Burlington’s Partnership for Change. Before returning to the classroom, Dov worked for 9 years coordinating community-based learning and service-learning projects in Burlington and the French West Indies.
Favorite Food: Anything with a flaky crust
Current Playlist: Mayra Andrade, Daara J, Willie Nelson, Explosions in the Sky
Craziest Roadtrip: Bandiagara to Djenné, Mali
Best of Burlington: Birdwatching at dawn
Signe Daly has 25 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level including most recently in the Champlain College Core Division. She was a parent volunteer on the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Change and served as Co-Chair of its Teaching and Learning Environments Implementation Team. Signe has an extensive background in education for sustainability, as well as place-based civic engagement. She continues to consult on school transformation and finding ways to leverage student-centered education in Vermont.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Out of Africa
Middle Names: Skjerk Nordahl (Danish family names)
Best of Burlington: The energy of the locals and visitors during marathon weekend
Andy Barker has worked in education and socially responsible business for 25 years. He was the assistant farm manager and taught U.S. history on the faculty of the Maine Coast Semester and was a ‘DaVinci’ humanities teacher at the Gailer School. Then, for 11 years, he worked on Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission team, creating partnerships and campaigns to support a sustainable food system, a stronger democracy, and social and economic justice around the world. He is excited to return to a teaching role in the Burlington City & Lake Semester!
Favorite Ben & Jerry’s Flavor: Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
Favorite Domesticated Animal: Jersey cow
Surprising Possession: 1990 South African ballot featuring Nelson Mandela
Best of Burlington: Redstone Quarry in early Spring when the toads are trilling
Courtney Mulcahy joined the Burlington Experience faculty via Shelburne Farms where she coordinates school programs and works with the professional learning team. Her education career has taken her to a variety of school settings, working with Kindergarten to adult learners. She has been a classroom teacher, an admissions and enrollment officer, and a liaison with community partners. Courtney has a passion for making interdisciplinary learning more explicit and believes that community and experience are our best teachers.
Favorite Book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Member of the Cloud Appreciation Society since 2006
Best of Burlington: An early morning walk or ski on the trails at the Intervale