Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past several years I have been honored to serve the Vernon Schools as the Supervisor of Fine, Performing, and Practical Arts, and most recently also as the District’s Director of Special Projects. This year, I am thrilled by the added opportunity to lead our youngest students as Principal of Walnut Ridge. Mrs. Gebhardt and the teachers, aides, and support staff at Walnut Ridge have built a wonderful Preschool and I am looking forward to continuing their great work.

The focus of The Walnut Ridge School is to foster a love of learning in students through the “Tools of the Mind” curriculum. This curriculum — based on the research of Lev Vygotsky — is centered around the idea of helping students to develop mental tools to extend their cognitive abilities and empower them to solve problems and create solutions in their world. We know that your child will love coming to school each day to engage with friends, learn new concepts, and build skills.

For more information on our program please visit our website:


We will continue to edit the content of this website over the summer as we transition Walnut Ridge School. 


In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments. I look forward to meeting you and your children and having an excellent year!


All the best,


Joseph S. Piccirillo