Board of Directors

 UP for Learning was awarded it's independent 501(c)(3) status in May of 2015.


 Board Member


Harry Frank, Chair


Vermont School Board Association, Education Director

Cara Cookson, Vice Chair

Burlington, VT

Cara has been an ardent advocate for youth voice & small rural schools for the past decade, as a student at Cabot School and now as a practicing lawyer

Jan Westervelt, Treasurer

Cabot, VT


Hillary Laggis, Secretary

Boston, MA

Hazen Union YATST alumni student, Communications Professional

Daniel Baron

Bloomington, Indiana

Founder of the Critical Friends Groups organization (NSRF), the Harmony School (high school) and the Project School in Bloomington, Indiana.  National consultant & trainer

Peter Peltz

Woodbury, VT

Prior Chair of the Vermont House Education Committee and current member of the Vermont State Board of Education

Val Gardner

Shelburne, VT

Past principal of Champlain Valley Union School, St. Michaels College professor and Faculty of the Snelling Educational Leadership program

Michelle Massaroni

Norwich, VT

Former Getting to 'Y' youth co-facilitator and current student at Norwich University

Ally Oswald

Chester, VT

Green Mountain Union High School YATST Advisor

Ben Williams

Professor and Site Coordinator for Union Institute & University and former Director of Teacher Licensure at Goddard College and adjunct professor at UVM

Taylor Ducharme

 Burlington, VT

Hazen Union Youth YATST alumni member & current UVM student

UPLogo with words FINAL 5-1-14

There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. 
-Margaret Wheatley 


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  • YATST Student Member

    The student-led faculty meeting was unlike anything I have ever seen in terms of students and teachers holding a discussion about a topic as sensitive as their teaching methods. I heard from a lot of teachers in the “go-around” that they were awestruck about what had just happened.

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