When I was six years old and in a class for kids who learned “differently,” I watched my teacher Mary Beth Griffith make a three-lined mark in the margin of my worksheet. It wondered me to see what looked like a tiny, sloppy capital A. “Why did you write A there?” I asked. “It’s not A, it’s an asterisk,” she clarified, which left me blank. “Asterisk” meant absolutely nothing to me – I had no image in my head to go along with it. “From aster – it means star,” she enlarged, and instantly I understood the connection between the spiky symbol on the page and the radiant lines of stars above. In the following decades of my educational path, I learned to seek out that sensation again and again – that marvelous act of understanding, of making sense of the previously unknown. Some call these “Aha!” moments. I call them pure bliss. My background is in open books, overturned rocks, and a dozen years of dairy farming, with personal creative practices woven throughout. Courses I teach include roving seminars and creative arts classes. I also support a wide range of independent studies in the humanities and related areas, and interdisciplinary senior projects. I believe the skills honed by craft practice – including identifying problems, generating possible remedies, and bouncing back from failed attempts – are the same skills critical to envisioning and implementing social and environmental change. Besides ongoing craft practice, my current studies include mediation practice, theories of motivation and organizational behavior, and jurisprudence.
M.A., Individualized Studies
B.A., Sustainable Agriculture
A.A., Natural Resource Management
Presenting pupilage team, “Ethics.” Central Vermont American Inns of Court, South Burlington, Vermont. October 2015.
Presenting pupilage team, “Juries: What are they thinking?” Central Vermont American Inns of Court, South Burlington, Vermont. February 2015.
Presenter with Attorney Glenn Robinson’s office, career fair, North Country Union Junior High School, Derby, Vermont. February 2015.
Juried exhibitor, Common Threads: Fiber Arts of Vermont. Warren Library/Vermont Festival of the Arts, Warren, Vermont. August 2013.
Presenter, “Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: learning the world through place-based craft”, Crafting-in-the-World session of Theoretical Archaeology Group’s TAGLive 2012 conference, University of Liverpool, December 17-19 2012.
Instructor, using plant-based dyes for wool, Bonnieview Farm, South Albany, Vermont, September 2012.
Field botanist, lichen and dyeplant walk, Bonnieview Farm, South Albany, Vermont, June 2012. Instructor, “Natural Dyes” and “Knitted Lace” workshops at Northeast Handspinners Association’s Annual Conference, Dover, Vermont, November 5-7 2010.
Frey, Jody. Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand. Stoddard, Jody.
Place Shapes. M.A. thesis. Goddard College, 2013.
"Proof" Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America. Winter 2012: Vol 35.1. Print.
“In Pursuit of Purple: Learning from Alkanet.” Marshfield School of Weaving. Kate Smith, ed. November 2010. Web.
"Haying Against the Odds.” Green Mountain Trading Post. St Johnsbury, Vermont. September 20 - October 3, 2006: Vol. 35 No. 10. Print.
Approved by Vermont Board of Bar Examiners to read law, March 2014.
Eelected to Town of Barton Selectboard, 2-year term, March 2016.
“Spirit of Goddard scholarship, Goddard College, Fall 2012.
Spirit of Goddard scholarship, Goddard College, Spring 2012.
Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides. Independent studies in the arts. Ellie Epp. Wild Research. Seminar in Environmental Humanities. Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order (vol. 1). Print. Seminar in Environmental Humanities.