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Christie Beveridge Howell

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, English Department Chair - Appointed 2010

Graduate Degree

M.A. English, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College

Undergraduate Degree

B.A. English, Concentration in Creative Writing, Magna Cum Laude, Colby College

Honors and Awards

  • Hilda Fife Literary Prize for Honors thesis: “To Read and Live On: Toni Morrison, William Faulkner and the Craft of Fiction”
  • Graduated Cum Laude with Honors and Distinction in Major

Activities in College

  • Editor of literary magazine, the Pequod
  • Tutor in Writing Center
  • Member of the Outing Club
  • A year on the Woodsmen’s Team (my event was axe-throwing)

Best VCS Moment

So many, that it’s hard to choose… Watching my seventh graders perform scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream during morning meeting, waking up to spend another day exploring Acadia State Park on a Fall Encounter Week, jumping into Lake Champlain in February as part of Team Frozen Turtles, and listening to my juniors conduct a seminar examining a William Faulkner story through a Psychoanalytical lens… the list goes on!

Inspirational Quote

“Lives based on having are less free than those based either on doing or being.” –William James

Interests and Hobbies

Running, yoga, alpine and telemark skiing, hiking with my dog Bo, and reading

Brief Biography

I was born and raised in Connecticut, but spent weekends visiting my grandparents at their house in Weston, VT, skiing, swimming, and exploring the woods with my brother and sister. I fell in love with Vermont at an early age, and knew I would come back to live here permanently some day. I began attending the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College immediately after my graduation from Colby, and it was there that I met fantastic teachers who inspired me to try having a classroom of my own. I have taught at the middle school, high school and community college level in NH, CA, MA and VT, and my passion for the subject of English is now matched by my passion for teaching it. I love the dynamism of the classroom, the varied directions that discussions can take, and the communities that form around the study of poems, stories, plays and novels. As part of my teaching experiences, I have been lucky to be able to lead trips around New England and the world; I have brought students on a hiking tour of Ireland, a community service trip to Panama, and backpacking trips in the White and Green Mountains. I am so happy to be teaching in Vermont, a place that has always felt like home to me.

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.