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Harry Chaucer


Adjunct Professor

Dr. Chaucer has been an educator for over 50 years. He has taught each of the sciences at the secondary school level and has taught education at Castleton University for 22 years at the collegiate and graduate level. Harry has an Ed.D. in Education, a master’s degree in Botany, and holds a 50 Ton US Coast Guard Masters (Captains) License

Harry has been recognized as a White House Distinguished Teacher; as Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers, as well as by the American Association of University Women; as a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University; as an Apple Fellow; and as an NEA Dorros Peace Trophy recipient. He designed the Da Vinci Curriculum, which has been featured in Teacher Magazine, Business People Magazine, Charles Kuralt’s CBS News, and the text Classroom Crusaders. Dr. Chaucer writes not just from theory, but from having successfully designed and led a school that challenges many of the assumptions of conventional American high schools.

Harry currently teaches leadership courses at Vermont State University, sails traditional boats, consults with schools locally and internationally, and performs magic for children. He is married to the lovely Kathleen Ready. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

Harry founded the Gailer School and was instrumental in designing the Woodruff Institute, and the ACT II Post-baccalaureate Program. The leadership and post-bac. programs are thriving under different names after twenty years.

Harry’s consulting includes work in China, Ethiopia, and an in-depth study of Finnish education. He is currently on the Board of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and of the Kelem International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.