Stacy Raphael

Hello there, I'm excited to be teaching 7-12 Humanities at Addison Wayfinder Experience, having worked with students in the previous iteration of this program since 2018. Before that, I taught 7th/8th grade English Language Arts at Edmunds Middle School and Secondary English at Middlebury Union High School. I received my B.A. from Colby College in Maine, have my Masters in Education from Goddard College, and completed my teacher certification through Champlain College's Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP).

Integrated humanities learning is a passion for me. I like to use inquiry to explore big ideas and discover new things. I'd describe myself as curious, passionate, and sometimes--as current students will attest--a little goofy. I am not afraid to make mistakes and I encourage students to reframe failure as a starting point for authentic learning. Without mistakes, we don't learn; without reflecting on mistakes, we don't learn; without the belief that we can do hard things, we don't learn. I believe that we can do hard things.

Things I love: Making music--singing, songwriting, playing guitar and ukulele in my two bands; cooking, baking, gardening; reading and writing; swimming and hiking; and (of course) teaching and learning. I have two amazing kids and a feline fur baby named Spoon. I live with my spouse and family in Vergennes and am so happy to be at AWE this year.