Vermont School District Supports

District Leads

It is recommended that districts with more than ten GrowVT-Ed Participants have both a school-based mentor and a district lead for portfolio support. District Leads will work directly with Dr. Juliette Longchamp and other GrowVT-Ed faculty. The idea is to blanket these new educators with much support in order to accelerate their learning as educators which will lead to stronger outcomes for their students.

North Country Supervisory Union

Melissa Lyons, North Country Supervisory Union Literacy Coach

Melissa has worked as an Interventionist for 12 years and is currently a Literacy Coach for North Country Supervisory Union. She is passionate about building positive environments to help students grow and building knowledge and confidence around literacy. Melissa also enjoys sharing her joy of learning and experiences with others in the education profession and engaging in learning with other educators to help improve student outcomes and build knowledge among the adults in our students’ lives.

Certifications: K-6 General Education, Reading Recovery Trained Teacher

Education: M. Ed, Curriculum and Development Lyndon State College: BA, Psychology, Norwich University

Educational Interests: Best practices in Literacy, differentiated instruction, building educational environments that invite learning of all levels and promote positive and challenging educational experiences

Outside Interests: Spending time with her husband and three children, kayaking, baking,

Curriculum Directors

Curriculum Directors in districts with GrowVT-Ed Participants are important partners in the GrowVT-Ed Program. For many GrowVT-Ed Participants, they have been granted provisional licenses by the Vermont Agency of Education allowing them to teach while they are building knowledge and skills for their content areas. Curriculum Directors will support GrowVT-Ed Participants in their districts in numerous ways depending on the needs of the participants.

GrowVT-Ed grew from a request by the Vermont Rural Education Collaboration (NEK Curriculum Directors) to support the growing number of teachers hired on provisional licenses.

Below are representing school districts/supervisory unions of GrowVT-Ed Participants and the district contacts. We highly recommend districts with over ten participants also have a district lead to support the participants through the year including attending seminars and providing in-district support.

North Country Supervisory Union

Jessica Applegate, Director of Learning Design

Orange East Supervisory Union

Nicole Bell, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union

Amy Masse, Co-Director of School Transformation, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Kingdom East Supervisory Union

St. Johnsbury School District

Caledonia Central Supervisory Union

Orleans Central Supervisory Union

Essex North Supervisory Union

Hartford School District

Burlington School District

Windham Southwest Supervisory Union