The Orchard Valley administrative staff members manage the daily running of the school so that students can learn, teachers can teach, and parents and Board members can rely on a well-functioning school. Areas of responsibility include: recruiting and admitting new students, handling tuition and fees, facility management, raising money and building community awareness, addressing concerns, and carrying out the administrative policies and decisions made by the Faculty and Board of Trustees.
Main Office Admin
Paule was born and raised in Quebec. She earned a BA in Theater at UQAM, and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Besides raising five beautiful children in Waldorf education, she has also worked as an interpreter for the Vermont Refugee and Resettlement program, was a faculty mentor for Goddard College’s homeschoolers’ program, and taught French at Pacem. Having discovered anthroposophy in 2005, she chose to get involved with the Green Mountain Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and has been the secretary since 2010. After earning her Certified Grant Writer degree from The American Grant Writers’ Association, she pondered ways to bring her love for anthroposophy and Waldorf education to the forefront of her work. While volunteer grant writing for OVWS among others, she enrolled in the Waldorf Administration and Leadership Development program at Antioch. Paule has been part of the OVWS community since the beginning and is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community.
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Central Vermont, Kathy attended Trinity College and UVM, majoring in biology and business administration. She’s worked in a range of educational settings, and also ran a childcare center in her home while raising her daughter. Kathy came to OVWS in July 2004 through her daughter, Mary Kathryn (OVWS class of 2008), working first as a part-time office secretary then moving into full-time work as the Office Manager. She was later named Administrative Coordinator in 2010, and as Director of Operations in 2015. Kathy also manages her husband’s electrical contracting business. Kathy enjoys listening to and creating music, gardening, home renovation projects, and spending time in the natural world hiking, skiing, swimming, canoeing, and camping. During solo time, she can often be found reading a good book.
Cathy and her family came to to Orchard Valley in 2011 to participate in the Morning Garden program. Her son is now enrolled in the grades and Cathy has been working for the school since 2012. Cathy’s work has evolved to include print and online pieces as well as marketing for a growing number of OVWS programs and events. Cathy has a B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Environmental Communications from Antioch. She has worked as a marketing communications manager, magazine editor, and environmental educator, and maintains a freelance writing and editing business. Cathy is excited to be part of the OVWS administrative team in this dynamic point in the school’s history. She enjoys many seasonal sports, hikes with the puppy, travel, and playing games and reading with her boy.