Meet the Teachers

Eloise Michael

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 in the mornings and once each bi-weekly she leads a morning group focused on interpersonal and social skills. She helps students with their academic work during the morning work period and teaches hands-on science classes in the afternoons. Eloise is also a member of our board.

Becca Lipton

Becca earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 and taught in the publ

ic school system before coming to Four Winds in 2015.

At Four Winds, Becca helps students with academic work during the morning work period, and leads humanities discussions in the afternoons. She manages the school’s Facebook as well as this website, and also runs the summer writing and art camp.

 

Courtney Dowd

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

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.

Hattie Adastra

Hattie earned her associates degree in education from Greenfield Community College in 2012 and her dual bachelors degrees in Latin and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. She taught Latin at Four Winds from 2015 until 2018. Hattie currently teaches in the public school system, but plans to return to Four Winds one day. She runs the summer writing and art camp with Becca and is a member of the Four Winds board.