Kindergarten & PK Teacher



Cheryl O'Donnell

Country Classroom nurtures the whole child: allowing for time in nature and multi-age free play while supporting life-long learners and a community where kindness and compassion are core values.  I believe today more than ever our world needs this school. 

I have a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Educational Psychology. My Master’s thesis was on the intersection of free play and education.  My experience as a First Grade public school Teacher in an underserved area of New York City, a School Psychologist intern in Capital Region schools (conducting assessments, providing therapy, and consulting with parents, teachers, and committees on special education), and later as Director of Education at Olana in Hudson (interpreting Hudson River School artist Frederic Church's landscape architecture/art/farm) has furnished me with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse environments in which real learning and positive growth can flourish, and how concepts drawn from multiple educational philosophies can converge.

I have a love of poetry, music, nature, and black and white photography. I am passionate about nurturing the youngest of students. These first years are crucial to creating and protecting a strong foundation for children to enter the world fully while sharing the strengths of their hearts, heads, and hands.

Most fundamental to my motivation has been my personal experience as a mother of three, and conceptualizing the ideal learning environment for them. Country Classroom is that dream. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to teach here.

Supporting Teacher

Rebecca Young

Originally from Milford, PA, I came to Middleburgh 7 years ago and have invested much time in becoming an active member of our community. I have worked at the Middleburgh Library for the past four years, where I am a N.Y. Library Association certified clerk specializing in programming. 


I enjoy studying plant based nutrition and cooking, which are often an integral part of the programs that I create and run. I have found that food and nutrition are a great way to engage the community whether working with children or adults. I also design and implement educational programs for children with a focus on creativity, problem solving and life skills.

My fundamental stance on life is deeply rooted in compassion and I tend to gravitate toward other kind people. I try to be out in nature as much as possible, connecting with and learning about the creatures and plants I encounter, along with their habitats. I also research mycology and spend a great deal of time foraging for mushrooms and other edible or medicinal plants on my hikes. 

I believe that Country Classroom is a great opportunity to share my skills and interests. My children call me half kid, half adult. I believe that a day that one is not covered in dirt and stains, is a day that hasn’t been lived fully enough!  I intend to bring this and a personal change of clothes to Country Classroom.



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