Coach Jerry Filler arrived on the Vermont Academy campus after coaching at every level, starting at the University of Virginia as the goalie coach, coaching both girls and boys youth lacrosse and at the High School level. At Hand High School (Madison, CT), the program reached the State Championship game. Filler played lacrosse in all four years at Norwich University (VT) and was the team captain in both his junior and senior year seasons. In addition to his collegiate playing career, he spent a summer playing in Australia with the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Club, which he still plays with.
Jerry is a Simsbury, Connecticut native and has 4 children. He stays active and has run the Ragnar Relay, the VT 100 and the Hartford Marathon. He currently lives on campus and serves as a dorm parent in West Hill. “Stepping into the seat as the head coach of the Vermont Academy Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse program brings both a tremendous exhilaration and responsibility,” Filler said. “I am eager to begin working with the boys as we establish the principles and guidelines of our aggressive, fast-paced system of play that relies upon competitive fire and a passion, and joy, for the game of lacrosse.” “I am here to help guide the student-athlete to the next level if that is desired. I am committed to emphasizing that the student needs to perform in the classroom and on the field.”
Director of Annual Giving
Wellesley College - BA University of Chicago - MBA
Tonia comes to Vermont Academy after eight years as a Development Officer at Springfield Hospital/Springfield Medical Care Systems. While there, she implemented a Grateful Patient Program and significantly grew its revenue from private foundations. Prior to that role, she worked for non-profits of varying sizes, including the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Great River Arts Institute.
Tonia has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She lives in Chester, Vermont with her family and rescue dog Ozzie. Tonia’s son Jeremy is a Vermont Academy alumnus (Class of 2018) who was as thrilled as his mother was to have her joining the Vermont Academy community.
Ms. Carter Ford joined the Admissions Office as Associate Director of Admissions Marketing in 2020. She has areas of specialty in marketing and digital media. Prior to Vermont Academy, Carter was the Associate Director of Admissions and a Squash coach at Deerfield Academy for a year. Before Deerfield, she served as the Assistant Director of Admissions and was a Community Life Team Leader at Hebron Academy.
Carter graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She also is a graduate of Blair Academy. Carter is living in Alumni Hall with her cat, Juniper.
World Language Faculty
University of Vermont - B.S.E.E. Keene State and Penn State
Mr. Frey has taught at Vermont Academy for 37 years. He teaches physics and advanced physics and is the chairman of the Strategic Implementation Committee. After several years working as an engineer, he decided to switch to teaching, because he realized that “our children are the future.” His hobbies include playing sports, travel, and reading (particularly books on comparative religions, physics, and cosmology). His favorite quote is a twist on the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you would have them do onto you . . . before they do onto you!” Mr. Frey’s three sons and his daughter Katherine are alumni of Vermont Academy. He and his wife Laura live in Putney.
Ms. Frey has been at VA for 27 years; 23 as Director of College Counseling, and 4 as a Spanish teacher. She also coaches girls' varsity tennis. She is a past president of NEACAC, and was named Vermont College Counselor of the Year in 2003. She was formerly Co-Chair of the Admissions Practices Committee for the New England Assoc. for College Admission Counseling.
Ms. Frey chose teaching and college counseling because of her passion for languages and joy of working with teens. Her hobbies include travel, tennis, writing, reading, and horses. She enjoys reading poetry by Antonio Machado, Mary Oliver, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda; her favorites books are Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi, White Heat by Brenda Wineapple, and The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge. Ms. Frey and her husband, Jim, live in Putney.
English Department Chair / Director of Writing Center
Vermont College of Norwich University - BA University of Vermont - MA
Joanne Fuller came to Vermont Academy in 2012 with 14 years of experience teaching in various high school settings in Vermont and Virginia. Her professional concentration has been writing instruction in secondary schools and colleges, but artistically her greatest interest is dystopian stories, the subject of her master's thesis. Her favorite writers include Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Stephen Dunn.
She loves reading, camping, hiking, kayaking, running, and harbors a healthy obsession with board games, especially Scrabble, Carcassone, and Ticket to Ride. She grew up in Rhode Island and New Jersey, and found her heart in Vermont in 1990. Ms. Fuller lives in Putney with her husband Ithiel, their Shakespearean daughters, Cordelia and Miranda, and two french bull dogs who are quite popular on Instagram.