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.

Amanda Albion, Educator

Amanda brings her love of the natural world, creativity and humor to the education program at the Farm. She has worked with students in and out of the classroom from preschool to 12th grade, both locally and abroad. Amanda’s passion lies in education, cross-cultural exchange and child advocacy. She aims to encourage children to use their unique gifts and talents to protect our planet and the creatures living on it.

Amanda joined Farms for City Kids in the spring of 2019. She is an avid volunteer, working with children and adults in under-resourced communities. She also sits on the board of Woolen Mill Comedy Club in Bridgewater, VT. Amanda attended Emerson College and Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on writing and performing arts, before beginning her career in education. She loves her rescue pup, Chivoperro, and wishes she could clone him so she could have an endless supply of puppies.

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.


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.