New Members of the RU Crew!

Randolph Union Middle High School 2022

This year we have several new staff members joining our team at RU. We are so excited to welcome them all and help them adjust to work in a new school. Please offer them a warm welcome if you see them around our school or towns!


Sincerely,


Caty & Lisa

Colin Andrzejczyk ~ Restorative Practices Coordinator/Student Assistance Program Counselor

A veteran of the OSSD, Colin will transition into a behavioral support role exclusively at Randolph Union Middle High School this year. With 24 years of experience in the counseling arena Colin has specialized in prevention work, mental health screening, crisis identification, family work, behavior management, group work, and medical collaboration with college and high school aged adolescents in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Utilizing both his undergraduate and graduate learning to connect with and understand the behaviors of the youth he works with; Colin strives to understand their behaviors and what techniques are successful in meeting them where they are, both emotionally and in regards to their choices.


Colin was the Captain of a National professional paintball team, traveling in Europe and throughout the Continental United States playing paintball on a competitive level; and he was even a featured character in a video game that was released for X-box and PlayStation. He brings an enthusiasm for outdoor activities to all his work.

Bob Bartlett ~ World Language: Spanish

A few words from Bob:


I decided to become a teacher due to the strong supportive role models I had at a young age. They inspired me to learn and try to make the path easier for those around me. I enjoy traveling, reading, sports and studying. I have taught all ages from pre-k through adults in their 90s. I’ve taught English, Math, Spanish and other subjects.

Athletic Director

Nick has been on the job for a few weeks now, and I shared a few words from him previously, but we thought it couldn't hurt to include him here, as well.


A few words from Nick:



Hi, my name is Nick Bent. I am an RUHS alumni. I like to play and watch sports. I live with my wife, two daughters, and our dog and cat. I’m excited to be back in Randolph!

Robbie Boody ~ Physical Education: Long Term Substitute

Robbie (he/him) is a rugby player and cycling enthusiast. Besides fitness and sports, Robbie is passionate about history which he is currently studying at the University of Vermont. He loves to read, walk in the woods, float on the river, garden, and cook but most of all he loves to give attention to his two adorable cats.

Adin Buchanan ~ Social Studies 10

A few words from Adin:


Hey RUHS, my name is Adin Buchanan (She/they pronouns) and I’m so excited to be joining the Social Studies team this year! I grew up in central VT, and love swimming and dancing with friends, eating black raspberry creamees, and petting cute doggos. Nerd out with me about queer and trans issues, neurodivergence in the classroom, and please - show me your favorite memes and pictures of your pets!

Emily Couture ~ 8th Grade English

A few words from Emily:


My name is Emily Couture and I am so excited to begin the school year at RU teaching eighth grade English! I was born and raised in Barre, Vermont and recently graduated from the University of Vermont. In my free time, I enjoy camping at Vermont's beautiful state parks, watching movies, and spending time with my pets.

Jason Finley ~Director of Career Pathways and Workforce Development

This year I’m very excited to be heading to RU after working at RTCC for the past 9 years. My hopes are to help RU students discover their aptitudes and career interests, explore opportunities with local community partners, and see the connections between career and post-secondary education and training pathways. Working with Andrew Scott in the Innovation Center to continue offering the amazing opportunities for learning and collaboration is also something that I am very much looking forward to!

Andrew Glynn ~ Special Educator



A few words from Andrew:


Hello there! My name is Andrew Glynn, and I am coming to RU as a special educator. Learning and applicable, hands-on skills are important values of mine. I believe strongly in working hard to discover each student's unique backgrounds, talents and funds of knowledge to promote self determination. I am also an avid enjoyer of the outdoors (snowboarding, skateboarding, swimming, fishing etc) and a dedicated musician. I am very much looking forward to meeting my new students and their families!

David Hershey ~ 7th Grade Social Studies

David Hershey grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a degree in Public Policy and Education. He taught in Boston Public Schools for 7 years before moving to Vermont to start a family with his wife of 9 years, Alison Byrnes. They now have two children, 3.5 year old Braeden and 7 month old Maeve. David taught at Waits River Valley School for the past five years, and is very excited to be transitioning to teach at RUHS!

Alyssa Matz ~ Director of Targeted Supports

A few words from Alyssa:


Hello! My name is Alyssa Matz and I live in Barre with my husband, Tony, and our two kids, Nolan and Reid. I've worked at Randolph Union for 10 years now as a Special Educator, Social Studies teacher, and now as the Director of Targeted Supports. I enjoy hiking, reading, and chasing my toddlers around. I look forward to supporting Randolph's families in the fall!

Lauren McKeon ~ Performing Arts Teacher

A few words from Lauren:



Dearest community,

I am thrilled to be Mr. Rainville's successor this fall and oh what big shoes to fill!

I look forward to getting to know you and your families over the next year. Here is a little bit about me: I was born and raised in West Brookfield and have returned after 15 years in California studying art and working professionally in many aspects of the performing arts: as a dancer, set builder, costume designer, and curator. This summer I performed at MassMOCA in Time of Now, an annual festival of thought and performance. I believe theater is inherently inclusive, that there is a space for everyone, and I aim to keep Murray auditorium a healthy, productive, and joyous space for all. I am currently building a house on the land I grew up on and am obsessed with my dog Francis who will not be allowed in the auditorium. I love riding my bike and all things Vermont.

Sean Robinson - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coach

Sean Robinson hails from the Upper Valley in New Hampshire. After a decade working in alternative schools, and a lustrum in public education, he's excited to join the RU team as the MTSS coach. In other lives, he's been a cow herd, a spelunker, and a professional fire breather.

Andrew Scott ~ Innovation Center/STEM Instructor

A few words from Andrew:


My name is Andrew Scott and I will be the new STEM/Innovation Center (IC) Educator at

Randolph Union High School. My background is in natural resources, engineering, and

education with experience in both the public and private sector. Also, I will be the head coach

for the middle school boys soccer team this fall.


Outside the IC and RUHS, I often find my way outdoors with my family either on the water, in

the mountains, or lending a hand with several volunteer organizations.

I am very excited for the upcoming school year, having the opportunity to build new

relationships, and share in the experiences the IC will have to offer. Please feel free to stop by

to say hello when you have a chance.

Lindsay Wheeler ~ Visual Arts

Lindsay worked with us last year, beginning second semester, as a long term substitute. We are excited to have her with us full time this year!


A few words from Lindsay:


My name is Lindsay Wheeler. I live in Woodstock, VT. I enjoy rocks, trees, books, candy, and winter. I am currently learning how to play chess.

Betsy Shands ~ Grade 7 Math

Betsy Shands is thrilled to be joining the Randolph Middle School team to teach 7th grade math! For the last eight years, she taught math and science to 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Braintree Elementary, but has also worked as a field ecologist, directed outdoor education and farm programs, and taught middle and high school science. She is in the process of earning a masters degree in K-12 math instruction at Southern New Hampshire University through the Vermont Math Initiative. When Betsy’s not in school she enjoys just about any outdoor activity including skiing, biking, hiking, paddling and gardening, and loves spending time with family and friends.