Our Board of Directors
Stephen is excited about joining the Woodland School Board this year. He is a member and chair of the Outreach Committee. He works in Littleton for the Alpine Clinic as a Physical Therapist and has two children, Tyler and Nina, attending their second year at Woodland. He is an outdoor and fitness enthusiast particularly enjoys running, competitive Strongman, hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, and playing with his kids. Stephen can also be found bartending on the weekends at his family owned restaurant Chang Thai Café in Littleton.
Little known fact: In his younger days, Stephen dated Richard Nixon's granddaughter! Oh, and he's hiked Vermont's Long Trail and all forty-eight 4000 footers in New Hampshire.
Rob Constantine - President
Rob Constantine and his partner Tess Woods live in Bethlehem with their son Miles, who just started at Woodland, and dog Bonita. Two older children, Tori and Sawyer, are at college and daughter Veronica lives and works in Maine. They came to Bethlehem in 2012 for The White Mountain School where Rob oversees finances and operations as Chief Financial Officer. Immediately prior to WMS, Rob was vice president for advancement at Unity College in Maine. Part of their draw to the area was Woodland, and Rob is excited to serve as a Board member and be a part of such a great School. Outside of the busy life of a boarding school, Rob enjoys spending time with family and taking advantage of the local opportunities for outdoor activity.
Little known fact: Rob was part of a band that played at farmers' markets throughout Maine.
Crystal Hodgdon lives in Sugar Hill with her husband and three daughters. She loves working with children in a variety of settings. In 2005, she worked with a group of parents to establish Gale River Cooperative Preschool. Now, 11 years later, Crystal is entering her 6th year as lead teacher at Gale River Cooperative Preschool. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and trying to keep up with her girls. Crystal is excited to join the Woodland Board and support their student centered educational philosophy.
Jenny Johnson grew up on the seacoast exploring intricate shorelines by boat, and now makes new discoveries on her feet in the White Mountains nearly everyday. She lives in Easton with her farmer husband, Sam, and two children, Thatcher and Sylvie - who cannot wait to attend Woodland! Jenny was a founding teacher at Woodland and is continually amazing by Woodland students' motivation, creativity, compassion, and depth at which they explore a Journey of Discovery. Jenny is currently the school’s Director, and now chairs the Enrollment and Personnel committees.
Little Known Fact: Back in the day, Jenny was a competitive, synchronized figure skater!
Madalyn Sheehy - Secretary
Madalyn Sheehy grew up in southern CT, went to college on Long Island and now lives in Bethlehem, NH. This is her first year serving on the Woodland board as a community member and is the board's new Secretary. In her free time, Madalyn enjoys reading, dancing, crafting, directing children's theater and eating good food.
Little known fact: When Madalyn was little she had a pet deer named Woodrow who used to sleep on the end of her bed.
Matt Simon - Vice President
Matt Simon, born and raised in Littleton, joined our board three years ago and due to his experience running Simon's Market, immediately was volunteered to serve as our Treasurer. He lives with his wife, Caroline, and his two children who both attend Woodland. He chairs the Finance Committee and has served on various task forces. In his very limited "spare" time, Matt enjoys playing tennis, serving at his church, and pushing kids out of line at the Whale's Tale water slides.
Little known fact: In high school Matt played the dashing Antonio Banderas role of Che in a local production of Evita.
Emily Strauss is a social worker and former teacher who loves working with young people and helping them to find their passion! She was born and raised in the Boston area and recently moved to Bethlehem with her wife Katy and daughter Harriet. She works in two area schools and has a private practice as well. She enjoys anything related to the arts, especially dance and theater. She also loves spending time with her family and pets.
Little known fact: Emily played the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat when she was eleven.
Heather Russo - Treasurer
Heather Russo is a native New Englander; growing up in southern Maine, attending college in Boston and most recently living in Rhode Island working in the financial services industry for 15-years. She moved to Littleton in 2012 with her 'scientist' husband Ryan and their then almost 3-year-old son, Pilot. Woodland's mixed-age and multi-faceted learning and discovering environment was a key factor in their decision to relocate to the north country. Heather serves as Treasurer, chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Fundraising and Personnel Committees. Heather enjoys gardening, doing yoga, working on home projects and exploring with Pilot.
Little known fact: Heather holds a 2nd degree black belt in karate.
Margie Woods, born and raised in Virginia, relocated to the Northeast Kingdom in 2013 where
she has worked as an early childhood educator and an English teacher for an alternative
education program. She lives in Concord, Vermont with her husband, Lance, their daughter,
Lucy, and their two dogs. Upon discovering the Woodland Community School, Margie was
immediately inspired by their mixed age, student-driven approach to learning. She believes the Woodland philosophy fits perfectly with the vision for her daughter's education, and although her daughter is currently too young to enroll, Margie is very excited to join the WCS community as a member of the board. She sits on the Outreach and Personnel committees. In her free time, Margie enjoys going on hikes, gardening, and creative writing.
Little Known Fact: In college, Margie traveled with an acting troupe to France to perform in an international theater festival.