Brita arrives at Mansfield Hall after working in the field of special education for 12 years. She has a Masters in Education from New York University, with an emphasis on arts in education, and she studied abroad in England, Ireland, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. Brita also holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Theater from Bennington College, where she first started working with young people in a creative, collaborative, and empowering style. Throughout her career, Brita has worked closely with young people to build successful skills in academics, personal development and wellness, executive function, and independence, in schools and educational environments specially designed for students with disabilities. Brita has been extensively involved in Outdoor Education and has coached students through backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, rock climbing and spelunking in West Virginia, as well as surfing and horseback riding in Costa Rica. She has also directed multiple plays and musicals with her students, and continues to work with young people in the arena of theater and the performing arts.
Brita moved to Vermont in 2015 after a long stint in New York City, and can often be found running or skiing (or just being in nature) when not at work. She is also an avid member of the local theater community and has directed and performed with Stowe Theater Guild and Lyric Theater Company.