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Heather Moore

Dean of Students, Social Studies Instructor - Appointed 2010

Graduate Degree

  • M.A. History, University of Vermont

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.A. History, Skidmore College

Honors and Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude in both undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Lattie F. Coor Fellowship
  • Graduate College Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Presenter at Annual AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) conference
  • Fulbright Hays Seminar to India for Educators
  • Fund for Teachers Fellow
  • Pilot for Big History Project
  • Professional Development Grant to travel to Peru
  • Professional Development Grant to travel to Turkey
  • Honor Society for Political Science and History
  • Pie Baking Contest Winner

Activities in College

  • President of the Environmental Action Club
  • Creator of the Green Bikes Program
  • Founder of the Friends of teh North Woods
  • Author of the book “The Architect of Necessity: Skidmore’s First Home in Downtown Saratoga”


Best VCS Moment

In the Galapagos, a student popped up from snorkeling to find my location. She then excitedly screamed my name, waved me toward her and then pointed out a giant sea turtle.

Having tea with my advisory each week.

Baking Valentine cookies for the whole school each year.

Inspirational Quote

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

Interests and Hobbies

Pie baking, hiking and camping, painting

Brief Biography

I grew up in Proctor, Vermont on a dead end street surrounded by steep woods dense with forts and hide-outs. Our kitchen table had chairs that were squeaky and painted different colors and a winder staircase that was also squeaky and painted the color of one of the chairs. I had collections of seashells, buttons, rocks, stamps and coins. In my room there was a giant dollhouse that I believe created my phobia of spiders–proportionally they were the size of the dollhouse family’s baby! I was given a metal detector for my 12th birthday and I spent thousands of hours in our woods finding pretty much nothing. I went to Skidmore College where I worked hard to protect a few hundred acres of woods and also wrote a book about the historic buildings that I wished the campus still resided in. I was regularly the last person to leave the library on Fridays and did not attend the parties in the woods that I was trying to save. In graduate school I spent even more time in the library. After graduate school I stayed in Burlington, which my family thinks of as a large city that takes special travel arrangements–so I consider myself a ‘city person’. I live with my husband by Oakledge Park in a small, quiet neighborhood and tell people to slow down a lot–some of those people are on bikes. The coolest thing about me is my dog Ima, who is polka dotted and ornery. Currently I have a passion for the study of paleolithic cave art and traveling to see said paleolithic cave art.

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.