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Kathryn McDermott

Social Studies & English Instructor, Assistant Cross Country Coach - Appointed 2018

Graduate Degree

M.A. Conflict Resolution, Georgetown University

Undergraduate Degree

B.A. Political Science, Minor, Environmental Studies, Middlebury College

Honors and Awards

Georgetown: Highest Departmental Honors

C.J. Neil Kvasnak Award for excellence in the study of American State and Local Government

Graduated magna cum laude Highest Honors in Political Science

Activities in College

Team Member and Captain Middlebury College Women’s Rowing Team

Radio Show Host of “Regular Banana Later”

President of Georgetown Conflict Resolution Student Association

Best VCS Moment


Inspirational Quote

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Interests and Hobbies

Long distance running, nordic skiing, kettlebell swinging, bike-riding, swimming, hiking and backpacking, wilderness canoe tripping, political and story-telling podcast listening and indulging of overweight orange cat.

Brief Biography

After watching The West Wing in high school, I decided it was my destiny to be in politics, but while studying political science at Middlebury College, I realized that the classroom was actually calling and that I would leave the press conferences to C.J. Craig. After my first year of teaching at The Emma Willard School, I fell in love with the energy, fun and curiosity that characterizes every day of working with students and haven’t looked back since. I’m passionate about helping my students connect the lessons of the classroom to building their own identities as engaged citizens and curious learners. My teaching most recently brought me to the Pacific Northwest and while I loved the stunning oceans and mountains surrounding Portland, I am excited to return to the Vermont landscape that still feels like home. My husband and I met at our wilderness canoe tripping camp in Ontario, Canada – he builds the canoes and I teach kids how to paddle them – and in the summer of 2017 we paddled the first 500 miles of the Columbia River together in a boat he built. We’re both excited to scout out new paddling routes in New England and to be living in some of the most beautiful canoeing and nordic skiing country in the world. I already love the close-knit community of Vermont Commons School and can’t wait to build a home there!

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.