Community School:
Teachers & Staff

Teresa Davis (she/her)

Owner & Founding Director

Teresa believes that everyone thrives in a world that promotes and supports creative thinking. She loves nothing more than helping others give voice to their unique perspectives through art. Teresa holds a BA in education and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Pasadena, California. Over the years she also worked as an children’s occupational therapy assistant in Amman, Jordan, taught classes for gifted students in Minnesota, and opened a preschool in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since moving to Vermont 1999 she has been enthusiastically focused on gifting individuals of all ages with a life-long love of the arts. Teresa founded Davis Studio in 2003.

Lyndsy Blais (she/her)

Executive Director

Lyndsy is devoted to encouraging young children to learn through creative play, discovery and exploration. She believes play is as essential as the air we breathe. She has been a preschool teacher, ski instructor, adaptive sailing instructor, case manager for students with Autism,  Special Educator, Educational Consultant, as well as mom to four amazing girls! She holds a BS in both Psychology and Education from Muhlenberg College and a MEd. from the University of Vermont.  Lyndsy founded and operated Wildflowers, a children’s maker-space prior to joining Davis Studio in 2020. Lyndsy thrives when sharing a sense of wonder, a creative spirit and out-of-the box thinking with her students. 

Elsa Levy (she/her)

Davis Community Elementary School, Primary 1 Instructor

Elsa believes in teaching to individual children’s strengths and encouraging their own inquiry to inspire learning. By using emergent curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia and the arts, she cultivates a joyous environment for learning and sees children’s self -esteem and love of learning soar. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College after receiving her Child Development Associate degree, as well as a bachelor’s in Sociology and minor in studio art from UVM. In her free time she loves traveling, playing outside, creating art, and spending time with her husband and children.

Lisa Goetz (she/her)

Davis Community Elementary School, Primary 2 Instructor

Lisa has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of children. She wants to help children see the whole world as their classroom. She supports children’s curiosity by establishing a fun and creative classroom where children can be academically challenged and intrinsically motivated. She enjoys supporting her students to become engaged and confident life-long learners. Lisa previously taught first in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and then in the Winooski and Burlington School Districts before coming to Davis Community School. Lisa loves running, biking and hiking because exercise is good for the mind, body and soul. She’s especially passionate about engaging students in the arts and theater to encourage children to express themselves in a unique and creative way.

Renée Compagna (she/her)

Youth Programs Director & Art Instructor

As a life-long lover of the arts, Renée has spent nearly two decades as an educator; with a focus on art-making and program development for youth and families. She believes that the arts and PLAY are essential to all and loves sharing those ideas with others. When not teaching or being the tech-guru for Davis Studio, Renée enjoys spending time with her son and her nieces. She is an accomplished photographer and loves travel, Star Wars and planning her next adventure. She just completed her second solo cross country road trip and has now accomplished her goal of visiting all the lower 48 states. Renée received her BA in History and Minor in French from Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

Amanda DeCarlo (she/her)

Spanish Instructor

Amanda absolutely enjoys teaching kids how to express themselves through their art work. She also loves watching kids grow and take pride in what they can achieve through art. Her specialties are painting, photography, and pottery, but truthfully she enjoys nearly anything creative. She is currently teaching high school art and also has a strong background in theatre. Amanda is excited to spread her love and passion for creativity with everyone! She grew up in Long Island, New York and came to Vermont to attend UVM in 2005. She has a bachelor’s degree in art education and has been happily teaching art ever since.

Holly Raiche (she/her)

Davis Community Elementary School, Music Instructor

Holly Raiche believes music is a gift and that the gift of music is meant to be shared! Her goal is to cultivate a life-long love and appreciation for music by teaching children to artistically perform, create, and enjoy music.  Holly has been performing with opera, theatre, and ballet companies in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont for over 10 years.  As a private music teacher with a  Bachelor of Music and Education degree, she is delighted to spark creativity and joy through music with all her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time cooking, music-making, crafting, biking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters.    

Sami Buckley (they/them/she/her)

Office & Operations Manager

Sami believes art and play are essential for lifelong learning! Sami is an artist, teacher, and office aficionado who leads with creative expression, empathy, and a growth mindset. They hold a BS in Art Education from the University of Vermont and have worked in both the art education and office administration realms for a variety of creative spaces – including startups, art classrooms, and museums. She lives in Burlington with her partner, Simon and three cats, Miko, Soba, and Salem. In their personal creative time, Sami loves creating botanical illustrations, tufting rugs, playing video games, and tending to their plants.