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Center for Learning Inquiry

Center for Learning Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Peter Ahlfeld

    Peter Ahlfeld 

    Director of the Center for Learning & Coordinator of the MAPSĀ® Program / Math Faculty / 9th Grade Class Dean
    Clark University - BA
    University of Connecticut - MA
  • Photo of Amy Lanterman

    Amy Lanterman 

    Center for Learning Faculty
    (802) 869-6686
    Johnson State College - BS
  • Photo of Jenna Kotch

    Jenna Kotch 

    Center for Learning Faculty
    Lindenwood University - BA
    Naropa University - MFA

Center for Learning

Our Mission
We work closely with students to become stronger learners. Through a partnership with our caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable staff , students develop self-awareness, learning about their strengths and using those to overcome their challenges. In this way, we help students become independent learners and develop skills they will use throughout their lives.
"The level of love and support I’ve received at Vermont Academy is insurmountable. Simply put, this place is more than a school." - Ani '19
The work we do with students during their time at Vermont Academy helps to develop behaviors that foster self-advocacy and independence. Our students become comfortable accessing resources on their own, preparing them for a successful college career. While some of our Center for Learning students have diagnosed learning differences, others do not. Our tutors help with key skills such as organization and time management – a struggle for almost all teenagers, regardless of learning style.

Our Learning Specialists Focus on Four Core Areas to Enhance a Student's Learning Experience:

List of 4 items.

  • 1. Building Motivation and Confidence

    A lack of motivation and confidence are often tightly intertwined in a student. Low motivation and confidence can manifest in a lack of attention, productivity, and performance. Helping a student build self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-efficacy--as well as finding competency anchors in things he or she already loves and feels comfortable with--are what Vermont Academy's Learning Specialists do very well. Helping students unlock their potential is extremely rewarding work.
  • 2. Coaching for Executive Function and ADHD

    Many students struggle with executive function. This means they find it difficult to organize or regulate themselves. Sometimes this presents as an inability to organize a notebook, or to filter and choose appropriate interpersonal behaviors. Vermont Academy's experts in executive function use research-based approaches to offer strategies and tools to combat challenges that arise for students with difficulty in executive function.
  • 3. Managing Long-term Projects

    Project management is a skill that we often teach in the Learning Center, assisting a wide variety of students. One of Vermont Academy's missions is to prepare all students for college-level work. Therefore, teachers will often assign projects that require planning, organization, and discipline. Students must learn to manage their time, materials, and resources to achieve success. Our Learning Specialists teach students how to construct timelines and utilize approaches to complete projects on time and at a level of personal excellence.
  • 4. Tutoring for Specific Subjects

    In addition to partnering with students to improve executive function, organization, long-term planning, and general study skills, each Learning Specialist has expertise in specific subjects. Vermont Academy offers tutors who specialize in chemistry, biology, physics, all math subjects, history, writing, literature, and Spanish. All together, the Learning Center team has expert content knowledge in nearly every subject taught at the Academy.