Division Directors

Kristin Douthitt, Director of Lower School

Kristin Douthitt studied child development, mathematics and elementary education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her career in education began in 1993 in a kindergarten classroom with her own beloved kindergarten teacher. Before coming to VMS she taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee.  In 2001, Kristin joined VMS as a kindergarten teacher and then moved to third grade homebase in 2002. During this time, she took on various leadership roles including the K-12 department chair for mathematics and then the lower school division chair. She took over the leadership of the lower school in 2018. Kristin believes that positive school culture is the backbone of successful student learning. Nurturing a collaborative relationship grounded in common goals and relational trust and communication establish the child at the center of their lifelong learning with a supportive team encouraging them through their journey. This empowers and motivates early learners to be deeply engaged in their education, building rapport with others and using their curiosity to build knowledge. Kristin encourages innovation and best practices in teaching through risk taking, professional development and research. Since all students are different, it is important to rely on data, intervention and constant reflection of practices and progress to provide each student with a quality education that speaks to the VMS mission. Kristin believes that the lower school should be a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for students to learn and demonstrate a growth mindset. 

Trevor Adams, Director of Middle School

VMS is pleased to introduce Trevor Adams as our new Middle School Director. Trevor joins us following an extensive national search and will begin on July 1, 2020.

Trevor comes to VMS from Sewickley Academy where he was the Middle School Dean of Student Experience and World Language Department as well as a Latin teacher, 7th & 8th grade advisor, club advisor, and Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach. He attended Wesleyan University where he earned a BA in Classical Civilization. Trevor also holds a MA from Tufts University.
 
Trevor was drawn to VMS by our mission, especially the focus on developing character and building community. Trevor and his wife Victoria are thrilled to be moving to Vail as they have long enjoyed the mountains and nature. Trevor is an ice hockey and lacrosse player/fan and would now tentatively consider himself as an intermediate skier, a designation he hopes to improve upon in upcoming ski seasons. 

Maggie Pavlik, Director of Upper School

As a native of Chicago, Maggie discovered the Colorado Rocky Mountains at the base of Pike’s Peak, where she attended and graduated from Colorado College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Colorado Teaching Certificate. Maggie worked in Littleton, at The Mackintosh Academy, a school for talented and gifted students, as a middle school generalist. She moved to Vail to be part of the Vail Mountain School Faculty in 2001. Her first summer in the valley, Maggie taught for SummerQuest, and she found that private schools also served an important public purpose. Today, Maggie still serves on the SummerQuest board. After several years as a middle school humanities and math teacher, Maggie served as the Middle School Director at VMS. 

When Maggie’s children were young, she worked part time for VMS in the role of ski tutor, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Liaison, and an 11th grade English teacher. Eventually, Maggie took the position of Academic Dean to the Upper School and then moved into the position of Upper School Director in 2017. Maggie continues to believe in the power of rapport based learning and is honored to work with incredibly talented faculty and students.