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STARBASE VT Team

    • Dan Myers
      State Director

      Dan Myers

      State Director

      About Dan

      Dan “Strider” Myers was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. He received his BA in Elementary Education from Johnson State College in 1997. Dan recently completed his 30th year with the United State Army Reserves. As a Master Sergeant in the USAR, he is the Chief Instructor with the 108th Training Command.

      Before becoming the Director of STARBASE, Dan started out as an instructor with the program in 1997. As the program evolved, he became a training coordinator and he developed relationships with local schools who continue to bring their classes to STARBASE annually. The Unit Chief position brought on new challenges as he managed the staff at the South Burlington site and maintained the integrity of the program through major curriculum changes. Now that Dan has completed his director training and is guiding both the South Burlington and Rutland sites, his goal is to start an additional afterschool program called STARBASE 2.0 for middle school students and community mentors.

    • Paige Montgomery
      Site Supervisor– South Burlington

      Paige Montgomery

      Site Supervisor– South Burlington

      About Paige

      Paige “Ladybug” Montgomery joined the STARBASE Vermont team in 2009. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she continued her education by earning her Master’s degree in Education at UVM in 2011. Paige loves working at STARBASE and having the opportunity to work with students around Vermont.

      Paige is from a small town in the Northeast Kingdom. Growing up in Vermont, she has learned to love the outdoors. She enjoys skiing, hiking and yoga. She also enjoys running and recently completed her second Burlington City Marathon! Paige’s family is also very important to her. She enjoys spending time with her younger brother and sister.

    • Taylor Pequignot
      Training Coordinator– Rutland

      Taylor Pequignot

      Training Coordinator– Rutland

      About Taylor

      Taylor “Patriot” Pequignot joined the STARBASE Vermont team at the beginning of 2015. He graduated from Castleton State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education specializing in math. Throughout school his favorite subjects were always science, math, and in high school engineering. This made STARBASE a perfect fit by allowing him to share his excitement about these subjects with all of the students that come in from the many different schools in Southern Vermont.

      Growing up in Northern Vermont Taylor always liked spending time on Lake Champlain either fishing, boating, or swimming. He enjoys sports such as golf, basketball, football, and baseball. If he is not teaching students at STARBASE or spending time with his family, he is most likely playing one of those sports.

    • JoAnna Tebbetts
      Training Coordinator – South Burlington

      JoAnna Tebbetts

      Training Coordinator – South Burlington

      About JoAnna

      JoAnna “Hiker Girl” Tebbetts was born in Alaska and has lived in several states before moving to Vermont for college. She graduated from Johnson State College in 2009 with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and in Environmental Science. She has always felt passionate about teaching, and science is her favorite subject.

      She loves working at STARBASE because as a training coordinator, she teaches students about how important and fun science, technology, engineering and math can be.

      When Hiker Girl is not at STARBASE she is hiking throughout New England, spending time with her husband, her son, and their dogs, or taking on new adventure sports such as skydiving. She hopes to someday be able to backpack in Europe.

    • Rebecca Steward
      Site Supervisor – Rutland

      Rebecca Steward

      Site Supervisor – Rutland

      About Rebecca

      Rebecca “Galaxy” Steward has a degree in Geology from Castleton State College and is a licensed teacher. She studied geology because she is interested in the why and how processes occur on the Earth and in the Universe. She had early inspiration from many childhood teachers who encouraged the study of science as well as her own family who have pursued careers in the STEM field.

      In her free time Rebecca enjoys walking with her dog, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family. Growing up in Vermont, she is active outdoors. She loves to swim in many of the lakes in the region, hike local trails, and cross country ski and snowshoe. Rebecca is also an active reader. She enjoys reading all subjects of non-fiction and allows her own curiosity to overflow in the STEM classroom of Starbase.

    • Andrew Prowten
      Instructor - South Burlington

      Andrew Prowten

      Instructor - South Burlington

      About Andrew

      Andrew “Churchill” Prowten joined the STARBASE team in July of 2015. After receiving his Master’s degree in teaching from the University of Vermont, Andrew worked in public middle schools in the Boston area until the Green Mountains called him back. As a middle school teacher, he honed his skills to engage all learners in geography and world history. Now at STARBASE, Andrew incorporates those same strategies to engage young Vermonters in STEM education.

      In his free time, Churchill enjoys hiking, woodworking, snowboarding, cooking and walking his dog, Sable.

    • Dolores Nichols
      Office Manager

      Dolores Nichols

      Office Manager

      About Dolores

      Dolores “Crash” Nichols was born and raised in New Hampshire. She is a 2008 Graduate
      from Daniel Webster College. Dolores has worked many years in both the medical and aviation field. Dolores moved to Vermont in 2009. When she isn’t working she can be found
      spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs discovering the
      beauty of Vermont.