Candy became interested in democratic education after reading A.S. Neill’s Summerhill in 1967. She graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Psychology and Community Counseling. As an LPC, Candy had a private practice with young children and families for over 15 years. Candy completed a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction as well as Foundations of Education at West Virginia University. Candy also taught many graduate education courses for WVU. Over the years, Candy attended conferences, wrote papers, and read about other democratic schools such as Sudbury Valley School.
Candy co-founded The Highland School in 1981. She is the mother of two children, both of whom graduated from Highland. “ Being a part of democratic education is a compelling and challenging life’s work. I enjoy seeing the difference it makes when children have individual rights and can pursue their own interests in a democratic environment.”
Noel has been a staff member since 2004. She is a 1998 graduate of The Highland School. While at Highland as a student she held many offices including, GSM Chairperson, Judge Clerk, Tuition Clerk, and GSM Treasurer. Noel earned her Regents B.A. from West Virginia University in 2004. She has represented the school at numerous conferences, including the Sudbury Model Conference. Noel has many varied interests, including sports, music, movies, reading, and conservation club. She is a married mother of two and enjoys spending her down time on family adventures.
Karen has been a staff member since 2004. She grew up in a small town in upstate New York, the youngest of 4 kids. She attended public school but graduated at the age of 17 to get on with living her life. Karen has had many careers that center on children and families. She was a nanny for 4 years, pre-school director, a camp counselor, hike leader, and portrait photographer. Karen then spent three years as the Director of a ten-county Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. She spent much of her time there arguing for the rights of children in child care settings. She is married and has one son who attended Highland for 11 years and now is having his own adventures. Karen’s other interests are sewing, knitting, genealogy, hiking, camping, history, reading, music, photography, health, creative writing, nature, science, laughter, and outdoor and indoor games.