Dr. Juliette Longchamp, NBCT, Director of Professional Programs, Vermont-NEA
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Juliette is a life-long educator, in the classroom for 30 years and supporting professional learning in schools since 2013. The last twenty-five years teaching was in Williston, VT, where she was one of the founders of the Swift House Team. Swift House, with its first year in 1991, empowered students with project-based learning, personal learning plans, self-assessment in proficiency-based learning and strong connections with students and families. Swift House continues and I encourage all Middle School GrowVT-Ed candidates to spend a day talking to the fabulous educators on the team; Lisa Bisbee, Amy Skapof, Amanda Laberge, Debbie Donnelley, and Kevin Hunt. Juliette has been supporting Peer Review candidates for decades, but the last six years more formally through the course "Reflective Practitioner and the Peer Review Portfolio." GrowVT-Ed Academy builds on this experience to includes intentionally designed seminars addressing competencies, utilizing board-certified practitioners.
Certifications: K-8 Special Education; K-6 Elementary Education; Middle School with endorsements in Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts and Mathematics. National Board Certification: Early Adolescence Generalist (2002, 2012, 2022); Danielson Framework Specialist (2020 to present)
Education: Ed.D University of Vermont; MA Teachers College, Columbia University; BS University of Vermont
Educational Interests: Project-based learning, Assessment for Student Learning, Curriculum Design that allows for student agency, Mentoring and Coaching, Intellectually Engaging Students in Learning
Outside Interests: Hiking, Golfing, Swimming, Reading, Playing with my very silly brown standard poodle, Charly, and watching the Yankees!
Barbie Collette, M.Ed., NBCT, Program Coordinator for 23-24 School Year
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (she/her/hers)
Barbie has been a Special Educator in the state of Vermont since 2010. She has worked with K-8 students and their families in Addison Central School District, where she’s been fortunate to learn and grow her skills in an environment of collaborative teaming with students and families, teachers, administrators and paraeducators, and related service providers. Most recently she has served as Literacy Interventionist in the Middlebury Union Middle School. For the past seven years, Barbie has also worked with students and their families living abroad, as an Educational Consultant for International Diagnostic Solutions. She is passionate about intentional goal setting; pursuing best outcomes that consider the individual needs of each student, and providing meaningful access to quality instruction for all students. She is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont.
Certifications: Grades k-8 Special Educator National Board Certification: Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood; International Baccalaureate Level 2 Certified/Math, Wilson Reading System
Education: M.Ed., University of Vermont; B.S., Emerson College
Educational Interests: Assessment. Literacy programming for students with reading disabilities, building fluency and automaticity to support comprehension, vocabulary instruction. Social communication intervention for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Disorders or Emotional Disturbance. Collaborative teaming, professional development for paraprofessionals, community based learning, creating equitable and safe schools.
Outside Interests: Barbie's favorite things include: traveling anywhere!, walking in cities, boating on Lake Champlain, used record stores, yoga, campfires and coffee.
Meaghan Morgan-Puglisi, NBCT, Vermont-NEA UniServ Director for Southern Vermont (She/Her/Hers)
Meaghan has been a math teacher for ten years at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont. She has a passion for Restorative Justice and using Restorative Practices in the classroom to create a Culturally Responsive environment where all learners thrive. A trainer through the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Meaghan loves to share her experience and knowledge with fellow educators. Meaghan accepted a position at Vermont-NEA as its Southern Vermont UniServ Director beginning August, 2023.
Certifications: 7-12 Mathematics National Board Certification: Adolescence/Young Adulthood Mathematics (2017, 2022) Restorative Practice Trainer through IIRP (2021)
Education: MAT Secondary Education, Bennington College; BA Photography and Math Education, Bennington College; Cuban Studies Certificate, La Universidad de la Habana/Burlington College
Educational Interests: Trauma-Informed Practice, Restorative Practices, Inquiry-Based Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching
Outside Interests: Yoga, Hiking with her German Shepherd & Toddler, Cooking, Knitting
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Vasanthi Meyette, M Ed., NBCT -Shelburne Community School 5th and 6th Grade Science Teacher (She/Her/Hers) Content Coach
Certifications: K-6 Elementary Education; National Board Certification: Middle Childhood Generalist (2020)
Education: MA, University of Vermont; BA, University of Vermont
Educational Interests: Developing and facilitating integrated units of study, Cooperative Group projects, Utilizing picture books and middle grade novels across content areas, and mentoring my students and colleagues.
Outside Interests: Hiking, walking, traveling, cooking and gardening.....and watching my children navigate life!
Dr. Kristina Hansen, NBCT , Mill River Union High School, Dean of Students (she/her/hers) Content Coach
Certifications: Grades 7-12 English National Board Certification (2005, 2015) Adolescence through Young Adulthood English Language Arts; Strategic Instruction/Content Enhancement Trainer through KU-CRL; Appreciate Living Learning Circle Coach
Education: Ed.D. Southern New Hampshire University; MS Southern Connecticut State University; BA Western Connecticut State University
Educational Interests: Project-based Learning, proficiency-based learning, culturally responsive practice, interdisciplinary instruction, mentoring and coaching, resilience, organizational innovation.
Outside Interests: Seeing live music, listening to and collecting vinyl records, reading, podcasts, knitting, spoiling her rescued pets.
Josepha Austin, NBCT, Special Educator, Burlington High School (she/her/hers) Content Coach
Certifications: Grades k-21 Special Education Consulting Teacher; Grades k-21 Special Educator, National Board Certification (2017)
Education: BFA Rhode Island School of Design, MA St. Michael's College - Consulting Teacher
Educational Interests: Supporting students with learning challenges access classroom instruction, Art integration in general education instruction, resiliency and childhood trauma, transitioning students with intensive special needs to the world outside of school including the creation of the school cafe, and restorative practices in the classroom.
Outside Interests: Volunteering with the South Burlington Community Justice Center, working with the my springer spaniel as a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs of Vermont, hiking, gardening, and traveling, especially with my two sisters!
Elizabeth (Lili) Foster, Ms. Ed. Leadership, NBCT (She/Her/Hers), PK/Elementary Content Coach
Outside Interests: Biking, Running, Kayaking, Hiking/Snowshoeing, spending time with her family and her Golden Retriever.
Rachel Luks Petraska, M.S. Shelburne Community School, School Counselor, grades 6-8 (She/Her/Hers) School Counselor Content Coach
Outside Interests: Walking, exploring the mountains of Vermont, training our new puppy, and spending time with friends and family.
Jenn Larocque, M.Ed., NBCT -(She/Her/Hers) Classroom Teacher, Elementary Content Coach
Education: MA, University of Vermont; BA, Castleton State College
Educational Interests: Progress monitoring and using data to inform instruction. Collaborating with colleagues and integrating phonics, reading and writing instruction.
Katie McDougall, M Ed., NBCT -Rutland Town School, 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, Science Content Coach
Martha Santa Maria, Shoreham Elementary School, Literacy Interventionist, English/SS Content Coach
Tommy Hamlin, M.Ed., Physical Education Teacher, Orchard Elementary School (K-5), Physical Education Content Coach
Dawn Walls-Thumma, MA, NBCT (she/her), Coventry Village School, Grades 6-8 Humanities Teacher; North Country Supervisory Union Mentor Coordinator; GrowVT-Ed Content Coach