Department of Education & Visitor Engagement


The Visitor Experience
Resources for Educators
Interpretive Initiatives
Evolving Projects

Montpelier’s Department of Education and Visitor Engagement gives voice to  the past and the present, interpreting the research and scholarship of our colleagues to make history come alive for visitors.

The goal is to make Montpelier a transformative, inclusive, immersive, and numinous place where diverse visitors cultivate a deeper understanding of the history and relevance of the U.S. Constitution and the arc of citizenship through conversations and constructive thinking about the individual and shared experiences of James Madison and the Montpelier community.

Educational and Interpretive Initiatives

The Department of Education and Visitor Experience is involved in a number of projects to bring the stories of the people who lived and worked at Montpelier to life for visitors. Take a look at the various projects that the department is undertaking!

National Summit on Teaching Slavery

National Summit on Teaching Slavery

Digging Deeper Blog: Telling The Stories

Go behind the scenes with our interpretive staff to learn about the ins-and-outs of Montpelier, stories of the people who lived here, and a glimpse into how our education team tells the stories you hear at Montpelier.

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Christian Cotz

Director of Education and Visitor Engagement
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Kyle Stetz

Manager of Student and Family Programs

Marsha Nitzburg

Manager of House Operations

Haley Backlund

Manager of Visitor Services
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Lucas Allamon

House Supervisor
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Laura Maddox

House Supervisor
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Melissa Kerr

Education Dept Coordinator

April Bertaux

House Team Leader, Interpreter, Visitor Services Associate