Administrative Staff Bios

Brad Choyt

Head of School
brad.choyt@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x102

Brown University – BA
University of Pennsylvania – MFA
At Crossroads since 2015

I am an educator with over two decades of experience in independent schools and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. In each of these environments, I have devoted my professional life to expanding and refining students’ relationships to learning and their environment.

I began my teaching career as a faculty member at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. I also served as an arts and humanities teacher and as an associate chaplain at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. I was the first Director of Education at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, a museum that specializes in Himalayan art and culture. I was next appointed as the Founding Director of Green School in Bali, Indonesia, a school devoted to sustainable practices in education. While in Bali, I was instrumental in developing a twenty-acre campus with over forty buildings made entirely from sustainable materials. I then served as the Head of School at Blue School, a school that focused on developing its students’ innate creativity through strong academic and artistic offerings. Prior to my position at Crossroads Academy, I was the Head of School at North Yarmouth Academy in Maine. Since 2016, I have served on the Board of the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

In conjunction with my work as an educator and administrator, I also bring a passion for experiential education, a practice to which I’ve been dedicated since 1995. For several years, I organized and led educational immersion programs for high school students and teachers in India, Nepal, and Tibet. I am also the co-founder of Global Learning Across Borders (Global LAB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the current generation of students to become responsible and committed global citizens.

Marion Frazer

Advancement Associate and Human Resources Associate
marion.frazer@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x114

University of Michigan – BA
Northeastern University – MEd
At Crossroads since 2001

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and since then have lived in Michigan, London, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California, New Mexico, and Vermont. I am married with two grown children. Prior to working at Crossroads, my professional background was in human resources.

I began at Crossroads as a parent and volunteer, then in 2001 I started working part-time as a Crossroads employee. I now work full-team as a member of the administration team. My position has evolved over the years and has a wide breadth. Currently its three main “umbrellas” are communications, development, and human resources support.

Crossroads has a mission that motivates me as an employee. It’s gratifying that my work supports a mission that relates to my beliefs and values. The Crossroads mission also fosters wonderful congeniality among the faculty and staff.

Darlene Gautreau

Office Manager and Tech Support Coordinator
darlene.gautreau@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x101
At Crossroads since 2007

I have worked in education for twenty-eight years. My first twenty years were in a public high school guidance department, and then I moved to Crossroads Academy in 2007. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in the field of education. I learn something new every day!

I am the Office Manager and Technology Support Coordinator. I am the first person you see when come into the office. My main responsibility is to the students and parents. I also work closely with staff and faculty on technology and educational software.

Crossroads is a wonderful place to work. Our families, students, faculty, and staff are so dedicated and supportive of our school. I love the enthusiasm, respect, and positive energy I feel from the entire Crossroads community!

Gene Martin

Manager of Buildings and Grounds
gene.martin@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x216
At Crossroads since 2011

I was born in 1952 and raised on a dairy farm in the Town of Fairlee, Vermont. I have four siblings that still live in the local area. I attended Fairlee Elementary School and graduated from Bradford Academy in 1970. I worked in the carpentry trade after high school and before entering the Army in 1977. In 1981, I returned home and starting working for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. I was also employed by Vermont Fish & Wildlife as a Deputy Game Warden for fourteen years. I retired in 2011 as the Police Chief in Bradford, Vermont, after twenty-five years of service. When we are not here at Crossroads, my wife Marjorie and I manage a mini-farm in the Town of Newbury, Vermont.

Lyle Nichols

Caretaker of Buildings and Grounds
lyle.nichols@crossroadsacademy.org

St. Michael’s College – BA
At Crossroads since 2016

I am excited to join the Crossroads buildings and grounds staff. I graduated from St. Michael’s College in Vermont with majors in food policy and political science. I have experience and passion for organic vegetable farming and taking care of the land. For eight months, I joined a food security project with Peace Corps in Nepal and look forward to bringing what I learned to Crossroads.

Marilyn Wanner

Director of Enrollment
marilyn.wanner@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x103

Eastern Mennonite University – BS
At Crossroads since 2007

I grew up the youngest of six children in rural Ohio on a dairy farm, but in my adulthood I have lived in Kansas, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. I am married with two teenage children who both attended Crossroads Academy. I have had the pleasure of working in schools for twenty-five years, with eighteen of those years being a first grade teacher.

My family moved to the Upper Valley ten years ago, and I began at Crossroads as a parent in the winter of 2006. I began as a teacher here in the fall of 2007 and transitioned to the administrative team as Director of Enrollment in July 2015. It felt like a natural transition to move to administration after having ten years of experience at Crossroads as a parent and teacher. I love this school, and it is a joy and pleasure to share it with new families; in fact, it’s the favorite part of my job! The unique Core Knowledge Program and our excellent teachers make this a wonderful place to educate children. It is a gift to work with like-minded professionals who are committed to providing a balanced approach to education to the next generation of students while focusing on the Crossroads motto “Strong Minds, Kind Hearts.”

Marie Wesson

Business Manager
marie.wesson@crossroadsacademy.org
(603) 795-3111 x117

Siena College – BBA
At Crossroads since 2000

I have over thirty years of experience in accounting, auditing, and business management for both profit making entities and nonprofit organizations. I am proficient in Excel, Word, QuickBooks, and other software packages, have taught classes at the Community College of Vermont, and have trained clients in QuickBooks.

I administer the ins and outs of a $2.3 million budget, serve as a member of the administrative team and the Financial Aid Committee, oversee the Manager of Buildings & Grounds, handle risk management, and administer employment contracts/benefits.

I really like the sense of teamwork that we have at Crossroads, the mission-driven support that we offer each other, and the rich blend of talents, skills, and experiences that we all share when problem-solving.