Hattie Adastra
Hattie Adastra(she/her)
Hattie earned her Associate’s Degree in education from Greenfield Community College in 2012 and her dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Latin and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017.

She had been at Four Winds since 2015 when she started as an assistant teacher, then teacher, eventually becoming co-director/director in 2021.

At Four Winds, Hattie led Latin, Vocabulary, Science, Skills Workshop, Poem/Creative Writing, as well as our school events and activities.

Becca Danielsen
Becca Danielsen (she/her)
Becca earned her Bachelor’s Degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014.

She had been at Four Winds since 2015 when she started as a one-on-one aide before becoming an assistant teacher, then teacher, and eventually co-director/director in 2019.

Becca taught ELA & Humanities and ran the business aspects of Four Winds School, such as managing our social media pages and working with the local school district and other local businesses.

Alethea Tschetterwood
Alethea Tschetterwood (she/they)
Alethea earned her Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from Smith College in 2018 as an Ada Comstock student. While there, she researched math language use at a local private school.

She has tutored students from third grade through college over the past decade, and was at Four Winds since 2019.

At Four Winds, Alethea helped students with their self-assigned math work every morning, and leads project-based, growth mindset “Mathtivity” workshops every other Friday.

Hattie'sStudent Feedback
I like the way you catch a mistake just before it happens.

Your help, personalized lessons, and charts for me have been really helpful throughout the year.

I really appreciate it when we talk in the morning. You always make me feel less stressed and more organized.

I appreciate it when you take time out of what you’re working on to make a chart that makes a Latin translation easier, and how you always include a very engaging and fun part for every science class.

During elementary school I used to not like science, but now it’s one of my favorite subjects!

You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. You make learning fun and exciting. You have a great sense of humor and you always encourage us to do our best.

You are a great teacher and are really funny. You always help me with things, graitias.

I really appreciate it when you take the time to answer my silly questions or explain something when I don’t get it.

Becca'sStudent Feedback
You have done an incredible job leading us through the crazy pandemic year. You are always listening to the students which is so helpful for us.

You are always in a cheerful mood and make us happy. I love how patient you are with everyone all the time.

I really appreciate it when you go off of your lesson plan to make a class more engaging and fun, while we still intake the necessary information.

You have made this year the best learning year I’ve ever had. You really are one of the best teachers ever! You have so much enthusiasm and dedication that makes me excited to come to school each day and I really appreciate you for that.

You have helped significantly with making Four Winds a fun and welcome place of learning for everyone. It has been a privilege to have been your student for nearly 3 years now.

It’s awesome how you are able to have fun and get people back on track at the same time. Thanks.

Throughout the time I’ve been at Four Winds, you’ve really helped me understand and like writing essays.

Alethea'sStudent Feedback
Your math help has always been very informative. You are able to pull me out of getting frustrated, which I thank you for.

You are always willing to give attention to a problem no matter how vague, and are always nice about it if we mess up.

I like how you integrate math with the real world, and how excited you get about it.

You’re very cheerful which makes me feel good. When I’m stuck on math and I’m feeling annoyed, your energy helps!

You are a great math teacher, and can always help me when I don’t know the answer to a problem.

I appreciate it when you re-explain a math technique in a way that it is easier for an individual to understand more clearly.

You have really helped me grasp the concept of math, and what’s important about it, this year. You are really the only person who has done that for me. You make learning really exciting and fun and I really appreciated you for that.

I really appreciate how you help me understand things and patiently walk me through them, it means a lot.

Former Four Winds School Directors

Steve Hussey, Founder
Steve Hussey, Founder1999-2015
Steve graduated from Bates College in 1978 with a degree in History. From 1986 to 1996 he taught science at Linden Hill, a school for dyslexic boys. 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 and served as the president of the Board until the school’s closing.
Eloise Michael
Eloise Michael2007-2019
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, where she was the director from 2015 to 2019 and served as the Treasurer of our Board. After leaving Four Winds, Eloise taught high school math in Hinsdale, NH for several years before recently accepting a new job at Smith Academy in Hatfield, MA.
Three Generations
Three GenerationsBecca, Eloise, and Steve
The “three generations” of Four Winds Directors at Eloise’s good-bye party in 2019. From left to right: Becca Danielsen (2015-Present), Eloise Michale (2007-2015), and Steve Hussey (1999-2015). Not pictured is Hattie Adastra (bio above) who became co-director in fall 2021 and director in fall 2022.

Click the videos below to hear Eloise’s and Steves thoughts and philosophies about Four Winds School!