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Jory Hearst

English & Social Studies Instructor - Appointed 2015

Graduate Degrees

  • M.A. Teaching English at a Secondary Level, Simmons College
  • M.A. Children’s Literature, Simmons College

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.A. Comparative Literature and Arabic/Islamic Studies, University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Honors Thesis: “Another Camel?!: Exploring Picture Books About the Arab World”

Activities in College

  • Members of Students Organizing for Labor and Economic Equality (SOLE)
  • Member of Students for Affirmative Action in Michigan
  • 5th Grade Tutor
  • East Quad Cafeteria Employee…best job ever.

Best VCS Moment

Meeting each new VCS student is awesome. I look forward to building many memories here.

Inspirational Quote

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” -George R.R. Martin

Interests and Hobbies

Reading (YA especially!), swimming in cold water, art museums, cooking, bubble tea

Brief Biography

I grew up in Bennington, VT, and swore when I went to college in Michigan in 2003 that this was the last time I’d ever live in VT. I wanted more people, more things to do, and more Indian food. For ten years, I got all of those things — in Ann Arbor, Rabat (Morocco), DC, and Boston. I worked as a bookseller for a number of years, and went back to school to study children’s literature. Ten years later I came back to VT, though. I wanted to be closer to family, I’d missed cold, snowy winters, and because the physical place had clearly buried itself deeply into my being. I spent the last three years teaching at Green Mountain Union Middle/High School in Chester, VT, and moved up to Burlington in June 2015. I’m thrilled to be here, and have already eaten at both of Burlington’s Indian restaurants multiple times.

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.