At Southshire, each of our experienced faculty members possesses:

  • A background in progressive techniques.
  • A love of teaching.
  • A respect for children as learners and as individuals.
  • A commitment to the families that are part of our community.

Coleen Healy

Teacher of the Younger Group, Lead Teacher & Head of School

Coleen has been teaching for 30 years. Under her care children know they are valued, respected, and highly-capable beings. We think of her as a “child whisperer”, and marvel at her uncanny ability to engage and orient children towards their innate potential.

Living in North Bennington has allowed Coleen to pursue her love of the outdoors, gardening, painting, reading, and cooking for family and friends. She passes these passions onto her students.

Her own children attended Southshire and she is grateful they established a good foundation to build on in their adult lives.

Judy Trier

Teacher of the Middle Group

Judy creates a dynamic, intentionally-designed learning environment where each student feels valued. Students are challenged to enhance existing skills, interests and understanding, and build meaningful new proficiencies.

Judy brings over 10 years of teaching experience to the Southshire classroom. She has taught locally in the Troy, NY public school system, as well as internationally in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, thanks to her passion for travel. She brings her international experience into the classroom through teaching geography and facilitating discussion about the uniqueness and beauty of other cultures.

Judy has an MS in Childhood Education from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. Her early career was in pediatric physical therapy, where she connected deeply with children. This experience inspired her to pursue teaching.

Outside of school Judy enjoys hiking, traveling, running, reading, and spending time with friends and families.

Nellie Barker

Teacher of the Older Group

Nellie is passionate about progressive education. She is the most recent addition to our staff, and is delighted to be teaching at Southshire where curriculum is based on students’ needs and interests, and teaching creatively is encouraged.

Nellie holds a MS in Elementary Education from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. Prior to Southshire, she was a Title 1 teacher for grades K-6, as well as a part-time middle school level English Language Arts teacher at a progressive school in neighboring New York state. Before that, she taught fifth and sixth grades in a nearby public school.

Nellie has many interests outside of school, including coaching and playing soccer. She also enjoys running, hiking, gardening, reading, and traveling. She is married with one young son, who attends Southshire.