Meet the Teachers

Eloise Michael, Director of Studies

Eloise earned her master's degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 1998. She has an undergraduate degree in math from Bard College and also loves poetry. Eloise taught in the public school system before coming to Four Winds in 2007.

At Four Winds, Eloise leads daily poetry and writing and helps students with their academic work during the morning work period. She also plans and teaches the science experiments and discussions in the afternoons. Click here to contact Eloise with questions regarding admissions or other administrative matters.

Becca Lipton, Teacher

Becca earned her bachelor's degree in music education form the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. She teaches private music lessons and used to teach in the public school system before coming to Four Winds in 2015.

At Four Winds, Becca helps students with academic work during the morning work period, and plans and teaches humanities discussions in the afternoons. She also manages the school's Facebook as well as this website. You may contact her by sending Four Winds School a message via Facebook.

Hattie Adastra, Latin Teacher

Hattie earned her bachelor's degrees in sociology and classics with minors in history and education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. Hattie also earned her associate's degree in early childhood education from Greenfield Community College in 2013, and worked as an assistant teacher at the UMass Daycare from 2013-2017. She has been teaching at Four Winds since 2015.

At Four Winds, Hattie helps students every Monday and Thursday during academic work time. Hattie set up educational computer games using that the students use to hone their vocabulary on a daily basis, and has made numerous helpful resources such as dictionaries, comics, games, and charts to help the students in their study of language.

Courtney Dowd, Assistant Teacher

Courtney studied Literature and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Oswego. While there she enrolled in an experimental, multi disciplinary course on Neurodiversity and Autism Experience. She began her work in this field with the Langan School of Albany NY in 2007, receiving certifications in Applied Behavior Analysis, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Dialectic Behavior Therapy and Social Thinking Curriculum.

At Four Winds, Courtney provides 1:1 academic, behavioral, social and sensory need support to students. Once each bi-weekly she leads a morning group focused on interpersonal and social skills.

Emily Gold, Assistant Teacher

Emily graduated from Oberlin College where they earned their bachelor's degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. They have since taught at various outdoor education centers and summer camps. Before coming to Four Winds in the Fall of 2017, Emily worked in a residential home for kids in crisis, where they supported children in social skills, therapeutic processing, and living skills.

At Four Winds, Emily is an individual support person for students during the school day. Emily also supports students with academic work during the morning work period. squiggle

About the Founder

Steve Hussy, Founder


Stephen Hussey graduated from Bates College in 1978 with a degree in History. In 1986 he was selected as the science teacher at Linden Hill School in Northfield and moved there with his family. Linden Hill is a school for dyslexic boys, with a renowned program for improving students' language skills. While at Linden Hill, Steve developed a curriculum and a methodology that made basic scientific principles comprehensible and taught students to work "scientifically" on their own. In 1996, he took a position at the Bement School in Deerfield teaching fifth grade. His experiences at these two diverse schools were integral to the development of the program now offered at Four Winds School, which he founded in 2000. Steve retired from teaching at Four Winds in 2015.


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