Vocal Music Teacher
Hi, My name is Cindi Austin and I have been teaching general and choral music at Chester-Andover Elementary School mornings for the past 15 years. I live in Springfield, Vermont with my husband Dan and two golden retrievers, Remi and Lucy. I live in an apple orchard and love to cook, sew, and knit. I teach each grade level general music and we meet once a week for 40 minutes. I also offer chorus to any student in grades 3-6 on Tuesdays mornings. The chorus performs in the annual Holiday Concert in December and again in April for the Pops Concert. My afternoons are spent at GMUHS teaching middle and high school chorus.I am certified to teach music K-12 with the State of Vermont. I attended the University of Vermont and graduated from Johnson State College with a degree in Music Education. I have been working in many locations in Vermont for the past 25 years and love teaching students to become musicians.
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My name is Kimberly Farrar, but over the years I have happily become "Mrs. Kim" to my students and their families! I am a Chester, VT native who learned to read right here at Chester Andover Elementary and now I am so excited to return to my roots and have the opportunity to help children on their journey to become wonderful readers! I attended Trinity College in Burlington, VT, married Alan Farrar who grew up on Crow Hill Farm, and then finished my Bachelor of Science degree at the College of St. Joseph with a dual degree in both elementary education and special education. I have taught in Bellows Falls Middle School, Springfield High School (ODP), Elm HIll Primary School and many will remember the decade during which Buckle My Shoe Preschool provided an early childhood education to so many of the sweet children of Chester and nearby towns! It was during those years Alan and I raised our four children, Nathan, Kaleigh, Abbey and Tessa who also have wonderful memories of school at CAES! I also have three incredible granddaughters, Lacey, Madeline and Skylar who I read to at every opportunity!
I am an animal rescue advocate and have rescued many dogs and cats by adding them to our family. I love traveling with Alan and exploring the USA! It's always nice to come home though, where my goats, chickens, dogs and cats are waiting for me on my little farm and now, especially coming home to teach right here in my home town!
My name is Brenda Sheere and I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to work with the children of Chester and Andover as their art teacher. The strong sense of community and dedication to learning found at this school makes it a rewarding place to work. I received my BA degree from Potsdam College with a concentration in painting and attained my teaching certification through St. Lawrence University. I then continued my professional development by completing my master's degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Albany. I strongly believe that Art is an essential component of a child's education. My program incorporates a sequential skill-based method of instruction focusing on the elements and principles of art. Experiences are provided for students to experiment with a variety of stimulating methods and materials. My curriculum is also rich in exposure to developmentally appropriate Art History and Appreciation units of study. My goal is to instill in students a love of art and confidence in their own expressive abilities.
I live in Chester with my husband and 2 children. I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, taking long walks and spending time with my family.
B.A. Music Education, Johnson State College External Degree Program, 1995 My teaching career began nontraditionally in 1985 when I was hired as an assistant to the Director of Music at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont. Prior to that, I had spent eleven years in the office of Hubbard Farms in Walpole, New Hampshire. I really was not compatible with sitting quietly behind a desk for eight hours a day, so when my daughter was born in 1984, I was ready to make the move into what I really wanted to do. Kurn Hattin was a great place to begin teaching, especially music, since it included band, chorus, and general music classes. Ten years later, I had earned my degree and took a position involving choral, general, and some instrumental music at Keene Middle School. In August of 1997, I began teaching the instrumental music programs at Chester-Andover and Cavendish Town Elementary Schools, and I’ve been here every since.
Over these years there have been many changes at both schools, including one that resulted in my taking over the general music program at CTES in the fall of 2011, a position I very much enjoy. It has become a nice compliment to the two instrumental programs, opening up an opportunity for me to integrate with classroom teachers, expand my perspective beyond the instrumental programs, and as a bonus, allowed for my getting to know all of the students in the school, as I did at Kurn Hattin.
For those wishing to contact me, I am at CAES Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and at CTES on Thursday and Friday.