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Our Team

To Learn more about the UP for Learning faculty read their biographies below:

Helen Beattie

Helen Beattie

Executive Director
Helen Beattie is the founder and Executive Director of UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning). Her seemingly eclectic professional and academic life course has woven itself into the creation of UP for Learning. It reflects a life-long passion for elevating the voices of those who feel disempowered and voiceless, either in the health or education realms.
Martha Rich

Martha Rich

Leadership Team
Martha Rich joins the YATST team after twenty-one years as a school leader at Thetford Academy (TA), where she worked to build a culture of trust in students. Youth-adult partnerships at TA led to nationally recognized programs in service learning, student participation in strategic planning and policy making, championship robotics teams, and new graduation standards that encourage students to take charge of their own education.
Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Leadership Team and YATST Coach
Over the past 35 years, Peter has taught in Vermont elementary, middle and high school settings, as well as serving as principal at each level.He earned an Ed.D. from the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services.
Harry Frank

Harry Frank

Program Director
Harry joined the staff at UP for Learning in July. It’s really a homecoming for him as he worked with UP in its early years, and will again focus on Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST). He brings extensive experience to his new role, having served as Chairperson of the UP Board of Directors.
Karen Scott

Karen Scott

Administrative & Program Director
Karen brings over 25 years of experience in education in Vermont working with college access partnerships, non-profits, schools, state agencies, and community organizations to improve the quality of and access to higher education and afterschool programs.
Bruce Perlow

Bruce Perlow

Associate Director
Bruce joins UP after twelve years as a classroom teacher. He operates as an educational consultant and YATST school coach, providing support to schools in the Champlain Valley and Southern Vermont. He has also played a major role in updating the evolving the YATST Curriculum.
Sharon Koller

Sharon Koller

GTY Coordinator
As the “Getting to Y” Coordinator, Sharon brings a passion for empowering youth which comes from 30 years working and volunteering with children, teens and young adults in mental health, education and prevention fields.