Alumni Spotlight: Lindsey Desrochers

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Lindsey was born and raised in Vermont. She worked in the field of early childhood education for over 17 years. During that time she worked as an Afterschool Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Lead Classroom Teacher, and spent her final three years in education as the Head of School at a progressive and holistic education school in Williston, Vermont. Lindsey left the field of education in the fall of 2020 to pursue a career in the holistic wellness field. Currently she is taking time to rest and decompress while exploring and developing new skills to work towards building a holistic wellness practice. Lindsey enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, gardening, and backcountry skiing. 

We talked to Lindsey about her experience with holistic and progressive education, from her post-college job as an after-school teacher at the Bellwether School in Williston to eventually becoming Head of School at Bellwether, post-Goddard. Lindsey quickly fell in love with holistic and progressive education when she started at Bellwether, “Holistic education…[focuses] on all different aspects of child’s experience…Everything is interconnected, you can’t reference any one part of a system without referencing the whole.”

When she decided that she wanted to get a teaching license, Lindsey turned to Goddard, which had trained some of the teachers she looked up to. Lindsey describes her feeling as she came to Goddard: “Mind blowing. Synchronicity. Meta. Goddard is the first place where I experienced community, where I felt like I had a role in the community.” Lindsey was thrilled to be experiencing the same kind of education that she hoped to bring out into the world.

Lindsey is currently developing a practice in holistic wellness and hopes to open up a wellness center that is accessible to anyone who wants it, and/or take the practices into schools. As she navigates her current transition, she has said, “Goddard set me on a path of self-discovery that I don’t see any end to.”

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