Staff

Laurie Hurd
Executive Director
Tedda LaChance
Director of Professional Development

Directors

Michael Schafer
Vice-President
Amy Smucker
Secretary
Erin Mayo
President
Carol Lyon
Treasurer

Mark Tashjian
Head of School
Burr and Burton Academy

Mark Tashjian has been Headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy (BBA) since 2008.  BBA is an independent high school that serves the public and accepts all students from 12 towns in southern Vermont.  

Mark came to BBA from the Collegiate School in New York City, where he was head of the middle school from 2002-2008. A native of Philadelphia, Mark received his undergraduate degree in political science and international relations from Yale University and his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. After more than a decade consulting with companies on global business strategies, Mark started a new career as a mathematics and science teacher at the East Harlem School at Exodus House and served as headmaster at the Children’s Storefront in Harlem. In 2002 he received his M.Ed. in education leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and he is now chair of the Klingenstein Advisory Committee.

Before leaving New York City, Mark was chair of the board of Manhattan Country School, a K-8 school, and was a founding trustee of Harlem Academy. He and his wife Erin and their three young daughters, Ella, Robin, and Phoebe are very happy to be living in Vermont surrounded by nature rather than concrete canyons. To maintain sanity, Mark plays ice hockey, soccer and tennis as frequently as possible.