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Hilltop Country Day School is committed to hiring a high quality faculty who is able to bring a rich background in both educational and personal experience. Teachers draw on their experiences as they supplement the curriculum and bring their subject matter to life. The Hilltop Country Day School faculty is our greatest asset. From our new teacher mentoring program to our reliance on the many years of experience among our veteran teachers, Hilltop is proud of this valuable resource.

A Hilltop teacher demonstrates:

  • A strong connection with children
  • Dynamic and current pedagogical strategies
  • Camaraderie with colleagues and a strong voice about curriculum and pedagogy
  • Demonstration of a desire to grow as an educator and as a learner

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Janet Vigeland

Fourth Grade, Lower School Division Leader

Mrs. Vigeland’s favorite educational quote: 

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of a least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” 

– Rachel Carson

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Michael Umstead

Upper School Science

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Daniel Timmermans

Instrumental and Vocal Music

Mr. Timmermans’ favorite quote on education:

“Before a child talks, they sing. Before they write, they draw. As soon as they stand ,they dance. The arts are fundamental to human expression.” – Phylicia Rashad

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Sean Thorne

Third Grade, Physical Education

Mr. Thorne’s favorite quote on education: 

“Play is the work of childhood.”  – Jean Piaget

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Karen Snyder

First Grade

Mrs. Snyder’s favorite educational quote:

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” – Proverb

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Samantha Rush


Ms. Rush’s favorite quote on education:

“Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement” – Robert John Meehan

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Laura Petrie

Upper School Language Arts, Upper School Division Leader

Mrs. Petrie’s favorite educational quote:

“The very best thing in life you can be is a teacher, provide you are crazy in love with what you teach, and that your classes consist of eighteen students or fewer. Classes of eighteen students or fewer feel like a family and act as one.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

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SuzAnne Pacala

Art & Art Appreciation

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Ashley Miedema


Mrs. Miedema’s favorite quote on education: 

“It takes a big heart to help shape little mind”

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Laura McGee

Head of School

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Wendy Maxwell

Learning Center Director

Mrs. Maxwell’s favorite quote on education:

“All kids need a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them”

– Magic Johnson

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Jackie Kinney

Second Grade

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Nan Kaztenbach

Upper School History

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Vicki Foley

Assistant to the Head of School

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Christine DeStefano


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Harrison D'Amico

Engineering and Design

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Regina Cherill

Communications and Marketing

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Jane Chamberlain

Upper School Mathematics

Mrs. Chamberlain’s math mantra:

Look for patterns, find the puzzles, discover more on your way to a solution!