Faculty and Staff

Stacy Barton, Social Studies

Stacy Barton

Social Studies

Stacy joined Thetford Academy’s social studies department in 2010. A 1999 TA graduate, Stacy is “proud to be an alumna working in a place that I love, with students who are diverse, caring, and wonderful!” Stacy has a BA from Colby College, where she majored in education and minored in education and administrative science. She […]

Frank Bonnett, Paraprofessional

Frank Bonnett

Special Education Paraprofessional

Alumnus Frank Bonnett ’69 has been a member of the TA family most of his life. He and his wife, Karin, have lived in Thetford since 1977 and saw all three of their children through the Academy. Prior to joining TA in 2011, Frank coached youth sports programs for grades 3 through 8 in soccer, […]

Dana Brettell, Spanish

Dana Brettell


Dana Brettell has been teaching languages and traveling with TA students since 2001. Prior to coming to TA, she taught in several schools in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  She is a graduate of Burke Mountain Academy and Middlebury College. Dana studied French at Middlebury College, and Spanish in Mexico, Spain and California. Dana appreciates […]

John Brown

Johnathan Brown

Director of Buildings and Grounds

For the past 11 years, John has served as a commercial construction project manager at Estes & Gallup in Lyme, NH.  Responsible for overall project planning and scheduling, resource allocation, project accounting, technical direction, and compliance with building codes and safety standards, John has overseen major commercial projects, including construction projects at Dartmouth College, Lebanon […]

William Bugg, Head of School

William Bugg

Head of School

Head of School Bill Bugg joined TA in 2012, relocating from Ohio, where he served as Assistant Head of School at Western Reserve Academy from 2008 to 2012. Bill brings extensive experience in independent school leadership and has taught Latin, English, history, and journalism. Early in his career, Bill worked as Director of Communications at […]

Derek Burkins


Derek Burkins started teaching at TA in January of 2016 after moving with his family back to the Upper Valley after 18 years away in both Washington, DC and in northern VT. Derek has been teaching science since 1993, including at the National Cathedral School in Washington DC, the Mountain School in VT, and the […]