I am an educational leader who is passionately committed to learning – equity and excellence for all students, the collective capacity of the professional staff, and my own growth and development as an educator. I am also passionately committed to a shared model of leadership; one the includes teachers and students and provides opportunities for each member to develop his/her own leadership skills in authentic and meaningful ways.
I believe that a school is a learning organization, and the educational system is built on the tenets of rigor, relevance, relationships, and shared responsibility. Learning is at the center; students are empowered to direct their learning and future while being supported by collaborative, symbiotic partnerships with all stakeholders.
I am also passionately committed to the cultural and physical landscape of Vermont which at times seems to be one of the same – formidable courage and perseverance, tranquil beauty, and stoic humor drawn together by a common experience and appreciation for community, the cornerstone of Vermont public education.
I grew up in Foxboro, Massachusetts in the 1970s. I was the youngest of six and my parents were educators on different paths – one a school nurse, the other a high school principal, and both committed to the well-being of all children regardless of learner profile, race, origin, or socio-economic status. They both held the belief that every child had the inalienable right to proper health care, a quality education, and enriching extra curricular experiences. And although I never heard them ‘speak their creed’, their actions over the course of my development, spoke volumes. Subsequently, these actions influenced my passion and commitment to equity and excellence in education.