Snelling Center for Government announces the VSLP Class of 2018

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Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:18pm -- Denise Sortor

The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the Vermont School Leadership Project (VSLP ) Class of 2018.

James Avery, Principal, Otter Valley Union High School

Renee Badeau, Director of Student Management, Harwood Union Middle and High School

Kevin Barber, Physical Education Teacher, Albert D Lawton Intermediate School

Heather Baron, Principal, Colchester High School

Bonnie Birdsall, Digital Learning Leader, Williston School District

Susan Bruhl, Director of Student Support Services, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union

Anna Couperthwait, Director of Special Education, Champlain Valley Union High School

Brooke DeBonis, Principal, Mettawee Community School

Carolyn Dickinson, Assistant Director, Center for Technology, Essex

Edorah Frazer, Principal, Robinson Elementary School

Katherine Grodin, Co-Principal, Winooski Middle and High School

Jessica Jansen-Lynch, Curriculum Leader K-12, Addison Central School District

Betsy Knox, Building Principal, Monkton Central School

Kathleen Legg, Science Teacher, Albert D Lawton Intermediate School

Suzan Locke, Co-Principal, Hinesburg Community School

John Meyer, Director of Educational Technology, Lamoille South Supervisory Union

Laura Nichols, Special Educator Coordinator, Oxbow High School

Carolyn Parillo, Principal, Currier Memorial School

John Pontius, Humanities Teacher, Albert D Lawton Intermediate School

Julia Pritchard, Director of Special Services, Washington Northeast Supervisory Union

Sara Raabe, Principal, JFK Elementary School

Patrick Reen, Superintendent, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union

Joe Resteghini, Principal, North Hero School

Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Champlain Valley School District

Paul Yoon, Assistant Principal, Frederick H Tuttle Middle School

The Vermont School Leadership Project, co-directed by Val Gardner and Peter Burrows, is a unique program that offers intensive professional development for superintendents, principals, curriculum and special education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities. The Class of 2018 embarked on their leadership journey in July 2017 with their third session later this month. They will continue to meet at Lake Morey Resort over the next eleven months for a total of seven overnight sessions with seventeen seminar days.

Through theoretical discussions, experiential activities and personal reflection, associates will consider concepts related to education systems, organizational change and leadership. During the second half of the program, associates will apply and integrate new information through a transformation initiative conducted within their schools. The Class of 2018 is the 13th class since the Vermont School Leadership Project was founded in 1995. Upon completion of the program in November, the Class of 2018 will join close to 250 graduates who are making a difference in Vermont’s schools.

To learn more about the Vermont School Leadership Project and the Snelling Center’s other professional development programs, please visit or call 802-859-3090.

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at