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LI Welcomes New Faculty


Lyndon Institute started the new academic with five new faculty members. Some are new to the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont while others are familiar to the school either as an alumna or a former teacher. “Teachers are the heart of a quality education,” said headmaster Rick Hilton. “What the students are really studying in the classroom is the teacher. The lessons matter. Their example matters more.”
The new members of the LI faculty are:
Matthew Andrews teaches English and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Although new to Lyndon Center, he taught last year in Lyndon Institute’s Shaoxing program. A graduate of New York’s LeMoyne Colege and SUNY/Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in English Education, he also has taught in Hawaii and New York.
Magen Bias ’05 teaches English and Mathematics. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education with honors from St. Michael’s College, where she made the Dean’s List every semester . She was a Freeman Scholar and Green Mountain Scholar and was elected to Kappa Delta Phi. She has experience at Champlain Valley Union High School, Winooski High School, and Williston Central School as well as many community-service groups.
Alysha Clarkin teaches Latin and Green. An honors graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Vermont with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Classical Languages, Clarkin has taught at Mount Abraham Union High School.
Cynthia Helmbreck-Reeve teaches art. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art from Seattle Pacific University and her Master’s in Art and Special Education from Prescott College in Arizona. She has also studied at St. Patrick’s and Mary Immaculate Colleges in Ireland. Most recently she was an art teacher at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany.
Michelle Ralston is serving as chair of the Mathematics Department. A former Lyndon Institute mathematics teacher, Ralston has also served a teacher or administrator at Danville High School and King George School. She taught and was Dean of Academic Affairs for six years at the St. Johnsbury Academy. Ralston has also served as a consultant for the College and Board and ISM, the independent school management consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Hartford and her Master’s Degree from St. Michael’s College.
Pat Guckin ‘87 is now serving as Director of Studies. A graduate of Plymouth State University and Southern New Hampshire University, Guckin has taught special-education courses and history and coached baseball, basketball, and softball at Lyndon Institute since joining the faculty in 1991. He served most recently as Chair of the Social Studies Department.
PHOTO:  Shown are Matt Andrews, Magen Bias '05, Alysha Clarkin and Cynthia Reeve.  Michelle Ralson is not shown.