Teachers and Staff

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Alexandra Zuser

Middle and High School Math, High School Science, Math Department Chair, Advisor Class of 2019

M.A.T., Smith College, B.A., Marlboro College, Russian-speaker, nature-lover, maker of small things, and proud geek.

Alexandra Zuser
I have been teaching math at Compass since 2005. I love every minute of teaching here! I count myself incredibly lucky for getting to be a part of this vibrant, welcoming, and powerful learning community. I grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and the Boston area. My first language is Russian. I have a Bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Marlboro College and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Smith College. I love to create, whether by drawing, crocheting, cooking, or growing vegetables. I also love to learn new things, from science and linguistics to edible weeds and mushrooms. I am a huge bookworm. I live in Harrisville, NH with my husband and my son. alexandra@compass-school.org


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Amar Langsdorf

Middle School Humanities, Middle and High School Spanish

B.A., Colorado College

M.A.T., Marlboro College

I arrived at Compass in 2017, a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed student teacher. Unsure of what to expect, I was immediately welcomed into the fold by staff and students alike. I was pleasantly surprised to find a supportive community that offers students the opportunity to grow into the best version of themselves. I love the holistic nature of a Compass education–students seamlessly transition from work to play, from science to music, from artist to activist.

I love that Compass allows me to embrace different aspects of myself. This year, I will be teaching Spanish and Middle School Humanities. Additionally, I will be helping the music program out whenever possible, one of my greatest extracurricular passions. I play guitar, piano, drums, produce electronic music, and sing, to name a few of the ways my hobby takes shape. I also love rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and most outdoor adventures, as well as meditation. It is a gift to be able to share many of these passions with students! 


Brian Whitehouse

Brian Whitehouse

Director of Admissions, Middle and High School Spanish, World Language Dept. Chair, Coordinator of Instructional Technology


M.Ed. Lock Haven University
B.A. Marlboro College
Adjunct Professor Fitchburg State University
Licensure Instructor at Collaborative for Educational Services

Brian Whitehouse
I came to Compass in 2013 with 16 years of classroom experience in alternative education that encompasses foreign languages, mathematics and ESL at both the middle/high school and college levels. Places like Compass have an important role in making education accessible for students of all kinds of backgrounds and I’m honored to contribute to that work. Plus, our community is fantastic! How can you beat a top-notch learning environment and folks who genuinely care about each other?

In addition to my work at Compass, I lead workshops around New England exploring student achievement, how to teach to multiple learning styles and how to build standards-based curriculum models. I’m also a certified T’ai Chi and Chi Kung instructor, and I love to study Eastern Philosophy.

Distance cyclist, triathlete, soccer nut, polyglot, graphic designer, disc golfer, dungeon master, game nerd, puppeteer, professional napper.

brian.whitehouse@compass-school.org


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Emma Schneider

High School Humanities, College Counselor, Librarian, Co-Advisor Class of 2022

B.A., Oberlin College

M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University

Adjunct Professor, Green Mountain College

Review Writer, full-stop.net

Emma Schneider
I arrived at Compass in 2018 and am delighted to be part of such a quirky, caring, and innovative community. You’ll probably hear me humming about the hallways and see me cooing over the spring sprouts. I love to hear about people’s projects, hiking adventures, favorite new novels, and heirloom recipes. Before Compass, I taught Environmental Humanities for a year at Gettysburg College as a visiting professor and writing courses at Tufts University as part of my graduate program. I studied English and French at Oberlin College in Ohio and received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts. I grew up swimming in lakes great and small in Minnesota, and I’m thrilled to be back in the Northwoods! I live with my partner, two friends, and their golden retriever Mona in Westminster, VT.
Singer, Dancer, Kitchen Putterer, Fiber Arts Enthusiast, Gardener, Listener, Rambler, Wonderer.

emma.schneider@compass-school.org


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Eric Rhomberg, Assistant Director

High School Science and Math, Academic Dean

Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership — Keene State College

M.S., Antioch New England

B.S., Colby College

Adjunct Professor Antioch University

Eric Rhomberg
I entered the Compass world in 2000, and the school continues to be a challenging, vibrant, exciting place to work and to learn. The hats I currently wear at Compass include those of advisor to the Class of 2020, high school science and math teacher, assistant director, board member, student judiciary advisor, and parent of a Compass alum. I love how our school continually inspires all of us to be better scholars and, most importantly, better people. I live with my wife and my son in Westminster, Vermont, and in addition to my work, I love the outdoors, skiing, music (performing musician), sports, yard work, family, and friends.

eric@compass-school.org


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Gabe Allen-Fahlander

Middle School Humanities, Advisor Class of 2020

B.A., Colgate University

Teacher Certification: Upper Valley Educators Institute

Gabe Allen-Fahlander
I joined the Compass community in 2012 as a humanities teacher and advisor. I was born and raised in the Boston area, and moved back to Beantown in 2003 after graduating from Colgate University in central NY state. There, I met my wife (a native Vermonter) and put off my teaching career in favor of a 5-year stint as a brewer. In 2011 we moved to Vermont in order to pursue two goals: living in a wonderful quiet setting, and my teaching aspirations.

I gained teacher certification through the Upper Valley Educators Institute while interning at Rivendell Academy High School and The Sharon Academy Middle School. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, jogging, skiing, biking, gardening, playing fetch, and generally being outdoors.

Outdoor enthusiast, endurance athlete, Boston sports fan.

gabe@compass-school.org


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Kellie Crowder, Director of Student Support Services

Special Education Coordinator, Advisor Class of 2018

M.A., Mercy College

B.A., University of Colorado

Vermont Certified Special Educator, dog lover, laughter generator

Kellie Crowder
Howdy! I joined the Compass faculty in the Fall of 2015 as Director of Support Services. Since then, I have felt honored to be part of such an enthusiastic and caring academic community.

I grew up along the Hudson River in New York State, and then attended the University of Colorado where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. After graduation, I remained in Colorado where I enjoyed hiking, biking, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. This is also where I discovered my enthusiasm for teaching through my work in the special education department at a small local high school in Nederland, CO. After several years, I moved back to the east coast where I pursued a Masters Degree in Secondary Special Education. I have worked in high schools from the lower east side of Manhattan, to the suburbs of Westchester County. I have also worked in two private schools, Marvelwood in Kent, CT and Vermont Academy close by in Saxton’s River. In the eight years I have lived in southern Vermont, I have enjoyed the lifestyle and natural beauty that I missed from my time in Colorado, and equally value being close to family for frequent visits.

Vermont Certified Special Educator, dog lover, laughter generator.

kellie.crowder@compass-school.org


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Louise Van Order Hodson

Middle and High School Math, Middle School Science, Art

M.S., Antioch New England

B.A., Connecticut College

Louise Van Order Hodson
What fun! I have been at Compass since 2001 and every year has been so different! I started here right after getting a masters at Antioch and found a dream school. It has been a pleasure to grow as the school has changed from a new community of dreamy-eyed students and educators to a crew searching for excellence.

I have enjoyed so many corners of our community but currently spend my time teaching High School Math, Physics, and art. It is so nice to have this balance of topics in my week and life.

At home, I am a mom. I have two sassy girls and we live in the middle of 100 acres of woods in Putney. Have a goofy labrador, a cat that thinks it’s a dog and two chickens.

Sailor; Artist; Mom.

louise@compass-school.org


Lyssa Singleton

Lyssa Singleton

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

Lyssa Singleton
I have been the bookkeeper and office manager at Compass since 2014. I love being able to reconcile the accounts with the students, families and teachers that make up this amazing community. My son and daughter attended Compass.

As a staff member I have had the opportunity to work with students and parents bringing the perspectives of each together to make the accounting as transparent and understandable as possible.

At home I can usually be found with my three dogs, my three cats, or my flock of chickens. All of these animals make me laugh with their antics. I love to read, to cook, to garden, to do yoga, to create artwork, and go for hikes.

When away from home I love to travel, particularly abroad. I can often be found seeing live music and travelling to Burlington. Both of my kids attend UVM. For me, spending time with my family is my greatest joy.


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Maera Cramer

Administrative Assistant and Reception

Compass Alumni

Maera Cramer
A haiku writer,
And geek of many colors.
Can not stop drawing.


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Nancy Wohl

School Counselor

M.A., Lesley University

B.A., University of Massachusetts, University of Oregon

Certificated Internal Family System- Level 1

Certificated School Counselor Northeastern University

Nancy Wohl
I joined the Compass community as the part-time School Counselor in October of 2014. I feel quite honored to be part of this team of knowledgeable and committed educators, striving to educate the “whole” child!

I grew up in New York, and then Boston suburbs, and attended both the U. of Mass and the U. of Oregon, where I earned my B.A. in Psychology. Following several years of experiencing life outside of New England, (Oregon, Washington & Europe), I returned to attend graduate school, earning a Masters in Expressive Therapy with a specialty in Art Therapy. After fifteen years working as a school-based child and family therapist, and starting my own family, we all relocated to Brattleboro. Gradually reentering the workforce, I worked as an art teacher initially in special education classrooms, then at the Brattleboro Retreat Meadows School for 7 years. While I loved the creativity, missing being a therapist motivated my return to clinical work, first at Monadnock Family Services, then here at Compass. Recently, I opened a small private practice to compliment my three days at Compass. I truly love to help children, teens and their families navigate the journey of growing up!

When I’m not delving into the mental health of others, I am finding balance and self expression in my own life through exercising, painting, gardening travel and and keeping track of my own 20-something children!

Artist, gardener, keep in touch with my children (now 20-somethings), travel adventurer.

counselor@compass-school.org


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Rick Gordon, Director

Ph.D., University of Colorado

M.A., University of Minnesota

B.A., Stanford University

Adjunct Professor Antioch University and New England College

Co-Director: Center for School Climate and Learning

Rick Gordon
I’ve been at Compass since its founding. As Director, my ideas and words are throughout this website and various documents. You can read some more of my perspective on the power of a Compass education in Compass Journals you can find under resources. In short, I believe Compass consistently develops graduates with capabilities that few high school seniors in America can match. Sometimes our program may look “non-traditional,” but every element in the Compass program is purposeful and contributes to student growth. In recent years I have been fascinated by what I have labelled our “Yes, you can” culture and how students are transformed by the wealth of affirming experiences they have through Compass. I also am continually appreciative of working in a place where we can bring our best, authentic selves to our shared commitment to help every child find success. I invite all to stop in and chat sometime!

World Traveler, Biker, Skier, Athlete, Soccer Coach

rick@compass-school.org


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Rob Guerrina

Student Support, Co-Advisor to the Class of 2021, Health, Exploratories

B.A. in University of Vermont

Rob Guerrina
I came originally to Compass in 2013 to help Alexandra in her math class, and returned in 2016 to assist with Student Support Services as a 1:1 provider. I started in Title I in Brattleboro in 1997, but took time off to do carpentry before returning to education at the Putney School. Compass means a lot to me. I believe deeply in Compass’ mission and I’m grateful to be part of a community that strives to be open and loving. I am the proud parent of a Compass alum. I live in Brattleboro.

Carpentry, hiker, kayaker, meditater, napper.

rob.guerrina@compass-school.org


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Rocío Franco

High School Spanish

Rocío Franco
I came to Compass in 2017 as a volunteer in the Spanish department. I am also a parent of a student in Compass. I was born in New York City but have lived half of my life in Spain, where my parents are from. I attended high school and college in Spain. Currently, I am in Nursing School at Vermont Technical College. One of the reasons I decided to come back to the U.S. was so my daughter could learn English. She is now totally bilingual. I have the desire, as a native speaker, to teach and help others with the privilege of speaking Spanish. In my mind, understanding the culture, history and lifestyles in Spanish-speaking countries (and others) broadens their view of the world. I am excited to be part of the Compass family! I believe in their model and philosophy. I have been an instructor to Spanish children and adults for many years in Spain, teaching them English. I have offered Spanish conversational classes for adults as a volunteer at the Bellows Falls library, as well.
Music, art, dancing, gardening, psychology, home, health, nursing, family, children, education, motherhood!


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Ron BosLun

Math, Science, Health Curriculum Coordinator, Advisor Class of 2021
B.S., Lock Haven University
EMT-B, VT/NH

Ron BosLun
Hello – I am Ron BosLun of CCC Road in Westminster, a 10-minute bike ride from Compass. I frequently tell people that Compass is not only a great place to be a kid; it is also a great place to be an adult. I have been working with middle school students for most of the last 25 years. This year, I am teaching Algebra I and middle school science. As do all other staff here, I wear a variety of hats. Most notably, I direct our school play, coach basketball, drive our bus, and coordinate our evolving health curriculum–which suits me very well, especially given my involvement the past several years with suicide prevention, for which I teach the Lifelines curriculum. I am grateful to be at Compass and to support its mission of educating the whole child.

Musician, theater and yoga enthusiast, bicycle commuter, father.
ron@compass-school.org


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Ryan Hockertlotz

Humanities, Advisor Class of 2021, Student Technology Coordinator, Senior Project Supervisor, Facilities Manager

Ryan Hockertlotz
The best thing at Compass is the student/faculty relationship. I got into education with the idea that learning is best fostered in a collegial environment. Like a flat management structure, I get to work with students as partners in the process and watch them take the lead. Every day I wake up looking forward to new and fascinating projects proposed by my students.

As a generalist, I’ve been graced with the opportunities to teach poetry, philosophy, history, economics, digital citizenship, financial literacy, chess, geography, art, religion, psychology, and coach ultimate frisbee!

Before going into teaching I spent much of the previous decade in and out of the Middle East with the US Air Force.

ryan.hockertlotz@compass-school.org