Panitz succeeds Samuelson as chair of Maple Street trustees


MANCHESTER — Amy Panitz has been named chair of the Maple Street School Board of Trustees, succeeding Matt Samuelson, the board announced in a news release last month.

In addition to Panitz being named chair, Chuck Burdick was named vice chair, Diana Pagnucco was named secretary, and Samuelson was named treasurer. Panitz took over as chair on July 1.

"It is a privilege to now be able to work at a new level at this amazing little school, in particular on advancement, school choice, and pedagogy," Panitz said, according to the release. "I greatly look forward to working more closely with Fanning who is masterfully entering his third year with us."

Samuelson is a 12-year member of the board.

"We are so grateful for the many years of service that Matt Samuelson has given to Maple Street as the chair of the board. We are grateful that he will continue to guide Maple Street as the board treasurer," said Maple Street Head of School Fanning Hearon. "We are so grateful to have Amy Panitz take the helm of this group as the Board Chair. Her years of experience as a Maple Street faculty member and parent make her uniquely qualified to understand the ins and outs of our special school."

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Panitz has the benefit of knowing Maple Street School through many lenses: teacher, mother and trustee. She is the mother of Maple Street School graduate Mara Hearst '06, and she worked at Maple Street for 14 years teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade history, English, math and science.

In 2009 and 2012, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, and she has worked at all levels of elementary education throughout her career. She earned a bachelors degree from Middlebury College and a masters in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, N.Y. She has served on the board of the Congregation Beth El in Bennington, and was a founding member of the public school choice project, called the Lighthouse Project, which was housed at Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington.

The Board of Trustees also voted to add four new members at its June 11 meeting. Daphne Markcrow, Rusty Davis, Matt Weir and class of 2012 Maple Street School graduate Emma LeMay will join the 2018-2019 board of trustees.

"We couldn't be happier to welcome Rusty Davis, Daphne Markcrow and Matt Weir to the Board," said Hearon. "We are eager for this infusion of fresh energy and what it will bring to our talented Board. We are also so happy to welcome Emma LeMay as an ad hoc member of the Board as our first Alumni Association President. We are so excited about expanding our alumni outreach and engagement efforts, and Emma has done a great job toward that end."

Maple Street School is an independent day school serving children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information about the school, please visit


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