Education Staff

At Spring Brook Farm our staff is highly experienced in the areas of outdoor environmental and agricultural stewardship.  The staff’s experience in working with both children and agriculture, combined with their well-rounded interests off the farm, provides an unparalleled learning experience for our student farmers.


Robert Macri, Education Director

Rob is responsible for the development and management of the education program including school scheduling and ensuring the Farm program   is calibrated to school academic learning standards.   Named Education Director in 2005, Rob is often found working with the kids throughout  the farm, teaching his knowledge of the outdoors.

Rob joined the Farm in 2002 and holds a Masters Degree Education and Environmental Science.   A volunteer on the Reading Fire Department,  Rob also serves as a member of the Reading Recreation Commission, coaches youth soccer and is actively involved in activities with the Reading Elementary School his two children attend.  Rob was also a founding member of the Plymouth, VT Fast Squad, a group of EMT and  first responders who arrive prior to ambulances in rural areas.

 

Molly Brockman, Educator

Molly’s passion lies in educating children about nature, the environment and the surrounding communities in which they live.  Her previous work experience throughout the country includes various positions in research and education and a tremendous amount of educational and environmental knowledge.

Molly joined the Education staff in 2011 with a BS in Natural Resources from Northland College in Ashland, WI.  She is an outdoor enthusiast, a member of the local Women’s Ice Hockey League, plays trumpet with local community bands, and thinks there is no such thing as too much snow.

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Niles Franc, Educator

Niles joined our team in 2015. He has experience working with youth of all ages and abilities in the traditional school setting as well as the outdoor classroom by organizing various summer camps and guiding adventure trips. Niles grew up on a small family dairy farm in rural Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a BS in Recreation Management. He enjoys playing old-time and bluegrass music and spending as much time as possible among the trees.

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Magaly Lainez, Educator

 

Farms for City Kids is a dream job for Magaly. It combines her experience and talents with vision-inspired work in a scenic environment working alongside amazing people. She is passionate about helping children and adults make meaningful connections to themselves, each other, and the natural world. She joined the farm staff with a diverse education background-early childhood educator on Long Island, middle school science teacher in New York City, garden teacher in Hawai’i, and outdoor educator in the New England area.

 

She is a big believer that salt water heals and loves to spend time at the beach. She enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking, and visiting family in New York. During the off-season, she finds renewal at her grandparents’ farm in El Salvador where she spent many summers as a child.

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Todd Murray, Gardener/Educator

Todd was born & raised in Vermont, and moved to Reading 18 years ago, with his Wife and two Daughters.  He has studied growing season extension, and winter growing at UVM. Todd has a passion for growing fruits & vegetables.  Tomatoes are his favorite, there are so many varieties, but nothing beats the flavor of a sun-ripened heirloom.  Todd enjoys being outside connecting with the land, no matter what the season, and when he is not in the garden getting his hands dirty, he enjoys taking hikes with his two dogs.

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Diane Wheeler-Moore, Kitchen Manager

Diane has been working for Farms For City Kids since 2010. She started out as a part time prep and lunch server, and took over as kitchen manager in 2014. She volunteered at the Reading Elementary School kitchen for many years.Diane grew up in Waterford, Connecticut and moved to Vermont in 1989. She worked in her families catering business before moving to Vermont. She is married and has two daughters. She graduated in 1996 from The Community College of Vermont with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is very involved in her community as a member of the Reading Friends & Neighbors Committee.

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Deana Champney

Deana joined our team in 2012 in the kitchen department. Deana has worked in kitchen school systems for many years. She worked at a private boarding school for 17 years as cook and baker, and she also worked as a kitchen manager for 2 years.

Deana grew up in Canaan N.H. and moved to Vermont in 2011. Deana has 2 grown daughters and 4 granddaughters. She also volunteers at the Reading Food Shelf. Deana also has a love of animals.