by Tricia Kennedy
Shelburne Community School (SCS) is excited to welcome all of the new 2012-2013 hires, including the richly experienced, longtime Vermont residents Timothy Buckingham and Rachel Thibault.
Timothy Buckingham joins SCS as the new band director for grades 5-8. He was raised in Fairfield, Conn. and his parents relocated to Shelburne after he graduated from high school. Buckingham earned his Bachelor of music education degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and brings five years of experience from Milton Elementary School and 13 years from Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Buckingham began his percussion training in fifth grade and is thrilled to have come full circle teaching the same age at SCS. He chose to pursue an education degree so that he could have the chance to “give back and be on the other side of the relationship” he had with his own inspirational music instructors.
In addition to percussion, he plays a wide variety of instruments and has done a fair amount of performing in his career with experience in both concert/band orchestra settings and with local area rock and jazz bands. He is presently involved in the pit orchestra at Burlington High School.
Buckingham resides in Waterbury Center with his wife, Anne Decker, a conductor with Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. He has two daughters; Eliana, 5, and Maclyn, 2. He likes cooking seasonal dishes and enjoys mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and general outdoor recreation.
Buckingham notes that the middle school level is both “challenging and wonderful,” and he is excited to “watch kids develop as musicians and as people.” He sees Shelburne as an “active, supportive community that cares heavily about education.” Buckingham has done a great deal of graduate work in curriculum and hopes to bring both his experience and education together to design an ideal band curriculum, delivered in a “sensible package where the students understand what’s expected.”
Rachel Thibault joins SCS as the new English Language Learners (ELL) teacher. She travels between Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg and works with pre-K through 8th grade students who have more than one language spoken at home. Students with all levels of fluency in English come to her to improve their English skills through academics.
Thibault received her Bachelor’s in elementary education from UVM, where she was selected to participate in a French and English bilingual program. Additionally, she has been endorsed in ELL from St. Michael’s College. She previously taught 3rd and 4th grade at Randolph Elementary School for five years. Thibault decreased her workload after having her daughters but remained active in the school systems and assumed the director position of the Live Y’ers afterschool program.
Thibault was born in New Hampshire and moved to Rutland when she was in kindergarten. She currently resides in Hinesburg with her husband, Brian, and adult daughters, Kayla and Ariana. She loves to hike, bike, travel, and camp with her family. When asked what she loves about her job, she stated that she is grateful to “get to know the kids and see their successes and reactions when they figure something out and are able to communicate better and read.” She is enthusiastic about SCS’s surrounding community and noted that on her very first day, “the doors were open and the staff was there, greeting the kids.” She remarked, “It’s just such a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a good feeling.”
Smiling, Thibault said she is looking forward making the program a place “where the kids really want to come.” She anticipates that “other kids in the school will come to understand diversity and also discover that it’s important for all of us to respect and learn from other cultures.”