VT-HEC Instructors, Presenters, and Consultants
ennifer has worked in Central Vermont for 20 years as a licensed clinical mental health counselor and dance/movement therapist, specializing in trauma recovery work, early childhood trauma, and perinatal mental health. Her current position, as a community health team clinician embedded in a primary care office, allows her to bring her body/mind orientation to make healing connections between physical and emotional health.
ichael is currently the Director of Curriculum and Technology for the Montpelier-Roxbury School District. Most recently he was the Director of Curriculum, Communication, and Innovation for the MMMUSD-CESU Schools. Previously, he had been the principal of Richmond Elementary School, and also at Underhill Central Elementary. Prior to being an administrator, he taught in the elementary grades in East Montpelier. Michael has a degree in Children’s Literature and Elementary Education from Castleton State College, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Union Institute and University at Vermont College. Since growing up in a family where both his parents were educators, Michael is always eager to learn and has a hard time not reading educational blogs and articles around the clock. He lives in central Vermont with his wife, two daughters, a dog and one very grumpy cat.
Laurie E. Berryman, Ed.D.
aurie Berryman has worked for the past 25 years serving first generation, low-income students with access to higher education and career planning through two federal Department of Education programs, Talent Search and GEAR UP. Before that, she worked on two different Vermont college campuses as a mental health counselor. Laurie currently works as a school counselor at Spaulding High school and she works with students on career and college aspirations, as well as just surviving high school (for some students!) She has taught in higher education for more than 28 years, primarily at Northern Vermont University and for the last 19 years in the Master’s in Counseling program. Dr. Berryman holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Counseling and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She lives in Waterbury Center with her husband and two teen boys.
Kristin Beswick, M.S.Ed.
ristin has a MS Ed, CAS as a School Psychologist and has worked in Vermont since 2001 as a Behavior Specialist. She has lived in New York, Iowa, Illinois and Arizona, where she practiced school psychology and supported school teams with implementation of behavioral supports. Since 2011 Kristin has been a member of the Vermont State PBIS Team, which has provided opportunities to support various schools across northern Vermont. She has also taught courses in Classroom Management and Early Childhood Education. Kristin lives in Derby Line with her husband and two children.
renda is an instructor in the VT-HEC Early Childhood Licensing Program and has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years, 16 of those years as an early childhood special educator. She a classroom teacher and Preschool Coordinator at the Family Center of Washington County, a Montpelier EEE co-teacher, and most recently an itinerant EEE teacher for the Montpelier Public Schools. Brenda received a BA in Early Childhood Studies (1983) and an MEd. in ECSE (1998) from The University of Vermont. In 2012, she began teaching coursework, leading workshops, and mentoring new EEE staff in the Montpelier area as a way of building linkages, and supporting collaboration and ongoing professional development with people coming into the field.
Gillian Boudreau, Ph.D.
illian Boudreau is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed school psychologist. She has spent years as a clinician in therapeutic and hospital-based schools in New York City and developed and directed a school-based initiative in Vermont providing intensive behavioral programming in public elementary schools. Dr. Boudreau is currently in private practice offering therapy to children adults and families. She provides extensive consultation and training to schools and agencies in Vermont and NYC in order to create environments beneficial to students with backgrounds including trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Boudreau’s approach to fostering resilience and creating trauma-informed settings centers on addressing and reducing patterns of fear within individuals and systems in order to foster authentic connection and healthy learning and development.
rlyn Bruccoli is the Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist at East Montpelier Elementary School. Her love of dinosaurs, anthropology, and children led her to pursue a Master’s of Science in Education at Bank Street College with a concentration in museum education. After working for the American Museum of Natural History’s National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology, Arlyn joined the VT Dept. of Education as the Technology Integration Specialist. She still loves dinosaurs, but has found that being a librarian and technology integrationist allows her to explore EVERYTHING through the intersection of library resources, robotics, and the curiosities of elementary school students.
Kathleen Buck, M.A.
athy has over 40 years of experience in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Vermont as a Special Educator, Administrator and Leader. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the Snelling School Leadership Program. For 8 years she served on the Executive Board of the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators including the office of President. In 2003 she received the honor of being named Special Education Administrator of the Year for her work with children, families and schools in Vermont. Kathy has extensive experience with all aspects of special education and student services including Rules and Regulations, the IEP and Evaluation process, family and community services, Section 504, and much more. Most recently, Kathy has been providing disability related training, consultation and support services for schools in mid-Vermont.
Sandra Cameron, M.Ed., MOTR/C
andra is a pediatric occupational therapist, early childhood special educator, and public school administrator. She has over 20 years in the field of early care and education and has served as adjunct faculty for Community College of Vermont, Ithaca College (NY), and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative. She currently works as Act 166 Regional Coordinator for 11 Supervisory Unions/School Districts in central Vermont and as the Director of Early Education for the Barre Supervisory Union. Sandra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, both from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Vermont. As a new resident of Vermont in 2000, Sandra completed a fellowship with the Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership for Health Professionals through UVM. She served on the board, including the role of President, for the CEC-Vermont Division of Early Childhood from 2010-2015 and is active as a Vermont AOE Peer Review Panelist. Sandra holds a Vermont teaching license in early childhood special education and supervisor endorsement.
argaret Carrera-Bly is the science specialist for the Vermont Agency of Education. She has been providing professional learning to the field around the Next Generation Science Standards in an effort to familiarize all educators in how to unpack, read and understand the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. Prior to her work at the state, she was a classroom teacher for grades 5 through 12.
Lori Cassidy, M.Ed.
ori has been a Special Educator for over 35 years in the State of VT. She spent the first 4 years as an Intensive Needs teacher for adolescents and since then has served as an Early Childhood Special Educator. She has worked in a variety of settings and positions from being a classroom teacher/director to being a traveling special educator.
Lori received a Masters in Early Intervention from UVM. She is a VT AOE State approved Trainer and Coach for Early MTSS focusing on the Pyramid Model. For the last 10 years, Lori has taught the Fundamentals for Early Childhood class for Northern Lights Career Development Center. She has also taught the Curriculum course for the Higher Ed Collaborative and has presented trainings/workshops on a variety of topics.
rt Cernosia is an attorney and an education consultant from Williston, Vermont. Art previously worked as a teacher, an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Vermont Department of Education, a practicing attorney, and consultant with a national special education technical assistance center. He was associated with the University of Vermont’s Education Law Institute for over 30 years where he taught and provided legal workshops. He also volunteered as a surrogate parent for students with disabilities who were placed in juvenile detention facilities. He provides training, consultation and other technical assistance services to state and local education agencies and advocacy organizations throughout the nation pertaining to special education legal issues.
Kathy Christy, M.Ed.
athy Christy, M.Ed, NBCT, is currently the literacy and professional development coach at East Montpelier Elementary School. She has taught elementary students for more than 30 years in both Vermont and New Hampshire. She is passionate about supporting students and teachers in their quest for excellence in literacy development and instruction.
hris is a Technology Integration Specialist for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) and has been working with students with disabilities, their families and educators for over a decade. Chris’s passion is teaching faculty and students about technology in education as a tool to help motivate students and to allow all students to show what they know. Prior to working at CCSU, Chris directed the Assistive Technology Center for Chittenden County Vermont as part of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program. More recently, Chris has expanded his teaching to include graduate technology integration courses for educators throughout Vermont. Chris has completed hundreds of assessments and implemented technology devices and strategies for students and families all across Vermont. He has presented frequently in Vermont, as well as regionally and nationally on various technology in education topics.
Mandy Couturier, M.Ed.
andy has spent more than 15 years working as a special educator, both in Massachusetts and Vermont. Mandy works collaboratively to meet the needs of all students. First as a full time special educator, and then as a hybrid behavior specialist, Mandy was at the forefront of the school’s state-recognized school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as the school coordinator for 10 years at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. More recently, she became the principal of Moretown Elementary, thrilled to stay in the Harwood Unified Union School District. Her role has changed, but not her commitment to students’ social and emotional needs. Mandy holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Saint Michael’s College, and two M.Ed. degrees from Rivier University in New Hampshire: Special Education and Emotional and Behavior Disorders. Mandy has been the district trainer of CPI: Non-violent Crisis Intervention since 2010. She has presented workshops about her work with PBIS and how to best support students with Emotional and Behavioral disorders at the local and state levels, and has worked extensively in preparation for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination.
Marceline DuBose, Ed.M.
arceline DuBose has 20 years of experience in public education as a high school social studies educator, state and federal level policy administrator, professional development leader, strategic planning consultant, and curriculum writer. Her primary focus is equity leadership development and strategic planning, working with districts to improve systems for creating equitable schools and classrooms. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College and an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University as a Rockefeller Brothers Teaching Fellow.
eather is an consultant for VT-HEC Early Childhood Licensing Program. Heather consults from home for the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative as well as Let’s Grow Kids, with a specialty in Alternative Pathways to Licensure. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2000 with a Bachelors in Early Education, Heather spent time in the field teaching Kindergarten and Preschool aged children in California and Vermont. Before long she found herself back at the University of Vermont’s lab school mentoring student teachers and teaching Infants and Toddlers at the Campus Children’s School. At UVM, she completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and went on to direct NAEYC accredited/ 5 STAR Licensed Early Childhood Programs while consulting in Registered Family Child Care and Public School education settings. Heather soon was invited to teach different courses for the Vermont State College Network, University of Vermont and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative. Her teaching and consulting has reached 307 venues and an estimated 2,435 Early Childhood Providers since 2007.
Ruth Durkee, J.D.
uth Durkee is the owner of Durkee-Reymore Consulting, LLC, where she spends her days working on issues of equity, diversity, and civil rights in education at the local, state, and national level. For fifteen years, she was a technical center administrator in Vermont; before that, she served as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Education. Ruth has taught at the college and graduate level since 2010. An attorney by training and an educator at heart, Ruth’s goal in all of her courses is to help educators understand how the law applies to the work that they do in order to inform and enhance their professional practice. Ruth received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, her B.A. from the College of Wooster, and certification as a mediator through Woodbury College. She is licensed as a Career and Technical Center Director and Assistant Director for Adult Education in Vermont
isa is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of social service and mental health, working with children, youth and families, for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of Therapeutic Education/After School Services at Washington County Mental Health, where she develops programming and provides support and supervision for the licensed tutorial and independent school programs. Through her vast experience working with children and youth, and as the parent of a gender creative child, Lisa is passionate about helping create a gender inclusive society where kids can be their authentic selves.
rystina is currently the Assistant Principal at Mount Mansfield Union High School, in Jericho, Vermont. She received a BS in Health Science (2008) and an MST in K-12 Health Education (2011) from The State University of New York College at Cortland. In 2014, she earned a graduate certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and in June of 2018, her Administration License for VT/NH from Upper Valley Educators Institute. As a school leader, Krystina strives to model the way for a collaborative team of educators that act as role models with a deep commitment to the whole child. She hopes to help create a world in which every child, regardless of background, becomes a successful, healthy and productive citizen.
ennifer Fitch is a first grade teacher at East Montpelier Elementary School. In her over 20 years of teaching, she has taught every grade level except kindergarten. Her passion for early literacy and teaching children to read led her to complete her Masters in Education with a concentration in Early Literacy from the University of Vermont. After a hiatus from the classroom to serve as the school’s Literacy Specialist, Jennifer returned to the classroom full-time. She began working intensely with Arlyn Bruccoli to integrate technology into her teaching and to improve the digital literacy of her students. Jennifer has had wonderful success improving collaboration and problem solving skills in her class through the use of technology.
at Fitzsimmons is an instructor for the VT-HEC Early Childhood/EC Special Education Licensing program. She is currently the Common Core Implementation Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Education. Previously, she worked as the Elementary Science Assessment Coordinator and the Assistant Director of the Research, Standards, and Assessment team at the Agency. Before moving to state-level work, Pat was the Science Specialist for both Barre Town and Barre City Elementary and Middle Schools. She fondly remembers her first position in public school as a kindergarten teacher which she thoroughly enjoyed for fourteen years.
Heather Flynn, Ph.D.
eather (Dr.) Flynn is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and Director of Clinical Services at CCSN. Dr. Flynn provides psychological assessment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CCSN, Dr. Flynn worked as a school psychologist in public school systems in Newton and Needham, MA. Her primary responsibilities included completing cognitive and educational evaluations, providing individual and group counseling to students with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs, and consultation with teachers and families. In addition, Dr. Flynn served as Site Director for Aspire (formerly known as YouthCare, a therapeutic program affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital) where she supervised the administrative, clinical, and programmatic operations of the summer camp program for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Flynn has also been an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University and Suffolk University in Massachusetts where she taught graduate level courses in psychological assessment.
racy Flynn has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions with local and national nonprofits and PK-18 education institutions. As a coach and consultant, her mission is to promote healthy individuals, organizations, and communities by working towards equity and justice. Prior to opening Tracy Flynn Consulting, she worked as a Health Curriculum Specialist with the Seattle Public Schools, National Training Director with the National CASA Association, and Director of Training with Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.
Bruce Goldstein, Esq.
ruce A. Goldstein is Special Counsel with the law firm of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, in Buffalo, New York. He holds the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School (1972), where he graduated cum laude. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Education Law, Disability Law, Estate Planning, Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, and Health Law. He is a past instructor (for 19 years) at the State University of New York at Buffalo Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence. Mr. Goldstein is a recipient of the Erie County Bar Association Special Service award and the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. Goldstein is also a member of Leadership Buffalo, and a member of the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations and several of their committees.
Christina Goodwin, M.Ed.
hristina Goodwin has been an early childhood educator for more than seventeen years, working with children from birth through age six. She is currently the Executive Director at Pine Forest Children’s Center in Burlington, where she leads a dynamic community of teachers who strive to be innovative in their approach to teaching and learning. Christina pulls many of her teaching tenets and inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach.
Paul Gorski, Ph.D.
aul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts; he has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini). He is also the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia and was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. He is also a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the biggest fan of Buster, his cat.
Amy Gregoire, M.Ed.
my Gregoire graduated from Boston College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. For the first two years of her career she taught second grade in rural North Carolina. The following 19 years she spent teaching at the elementary level, primarily in second and third grade in Bow, NH. In 2012 Amy received her masters in math education from Lesley University. She has three teaching certificates, elementary math specialist, secondary math, and early childhood education. Amy currently works as the math specialist for Bow Memorial School in Bow, NH. Amy works with students, providing both tier 2 and tier 3 math instruction within their RTI program. In addition, Amy co-teaches with teachers and provides on site professional development. Amy presently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics as their elementary representative.
athy has been a teacher at the Williamstown Elementary School for over 20 years. She has taught almost every grade from K-5. She now has settled into solely teaching math to grades 3, 4 and 5. Kathy received her BS in Elementary Education and Psychology from Castleton State University (1994) and her Masters of Education from University of Southern New Hampshire (2009). She has worked with Mahesh Sharma to help develop her school district’s mathematics curriculum as well as the mathematics intervention program. She continues to work with other math colleagues on creating proficiency-based graduation requirements and scoring scales in the area of mathematics.
lena Gustavson is the Business Advisory Specialist for the Vermont Community Loan Fund, a mission driven, community focused lender that loans to small businesses, early care and learning programs, community organizations, nonprofits, and affordable housing developers. Elena provides one-on-one business, marketing, financial support and advisory services to VCLF small business, farm, food, and early care and learning borrowers, as well as business and financial planning for potential borrowers. Prior to joining VCLF, Elena worked for more than 15 years in both entrepreneurial, food and nonprofit organizations, leveraging her skills in business and organizational development, marketing, communication, and analysis to increase efficiency and provide thoughtful, strategic outcomes.
oanna Hull has nearly two decades of implementing and overseeing applied behavior analytic services throughout the Central Vermont community. As the Clinical Director of School Based Services at Washington County Mental Health, a long time instructor for the Vt-HEC and Johnson State College and a former VtABA board member, she has worked with a wide array of both consumers and providers in the field. A few of her professional interests include using a trauma informed lens within the scope of ABA and using a behavior analytic approach in a supervisory capacity. She has recently begun to look at how she can merge two of her interests by using the principles of behavior analysis to increase participation and outcomes in group fitness classes, particularly in the area of powerlifting.
ara is the Director of Education at Outright Vermont. She has 15 years of volunteer LGBTQ+ advocacy and 5 years of volunteer racial justice advocacy at universities around the country. Outright Vermont’s mission is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-22.
Taharee Jackson, Ph.D.
aharee Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Minority and Urban Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned a magna cum laude B.A. from Harvard University in Psychology and Spanish, a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Her areas of expertise include teacher education, pedagogies for diversity and equity, inclusive schooling practices and policies, and urban education reform. Taharee is particularly interested in how members of “privileged” groups become advocates and allies for others, and the most salient factors that influence the beliefs, practices, and retention of deeply committed urban teachers. Her racial equity work for both teachers and students has been published in Race, Ethnicity, and Education; The Poverty and Education Reader; Racism Review; and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Watch for her forthcoming book, A Different Way to be White: Becoming Antiracist Teachers and Teacher Educators.
indy is an instructor for the VT-HEC Early Childhood/EC Special Education Licensing program. She is currently a Literacy Specialist in the Barre Supervisory Union. Over the years she has worked in education as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, interventionist, district literacy coordinator, undergraduate and graduate instructor, and several years at the Vermont Agency of Education as a literacy instruction and assessment coordinator. Her focus has been on early reading and writing research and instruction to ensure that all children are engaged, lifelong readers and writers.
ndrew Jones is the Director of Curriculum for Mill River School District in Clarendon, Vermont. He has spent the last several years implementing proficiency-based learning in his science classroom at Mt. Abraham UHS, while also helping other educators throughout Vermont to change their grading and assessment practices. Andrew has facilitated numerous workshops,and courses,on proficiency-based learning, both in Vermont and nationally. He is a 2015 Rowland Foundation Fellow and current doctoral candidate at UVM.
anielle is an instructor with VT-HEC. She owns her own private speech-language pathology practice in the Montpelier area and enjoys working with children and adolescents. She has a special focus and interest on working with children with autism. She also works in the medical setting working with patients with strokes and brain injuries.
amie Kinnarney is principal of the Williamstown Elementary School (W.E.S). Under Jamie’s leadership, W.E.S. has created a comprehensive approach to academic and social/ emotional enrichment and support, resulting in increased achievement across content areas and a decrease in the number of students identified as having a specific learning disability.
Chris Knippenberg, M.S., OTR/L, ATP
hris is a school-based occupational therapist whose focus is working with Vermont families and teams so that children can participate fully in their home and school life. Chris has over 40 years experience as an occupational therapist, working in schools since 1977. She has extensive training in sensory integration, autism interventions, and is a certified assistive technology provider. She has done advanced training in structured teaching and applying the TEACCH model to children and adolescents. Chris was the Vermont representative to the IDEA partnership activities designed to facilitate collaboration and excellence in carrying out programming for students with special needs, and has served as a related service mentor through the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. Chris provides direct services, consultation, and training activities on a range of topics in autism, sensory regulation, transition, and home-school collaboration.
usan Koch, a first-grade teacher in Montpelier, has been devoted to using an inquiry approach to learning for more than 25 years. She is passionate about outdoor learning and creating community and believes that developing a sense of wonder is crucial for the future stewards of the Earth. Susan was named the 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year.
anya has a twenty year history in Early Childhood Education. She ran a successful early childhood program for nine years before shifting her focus to supporting the field at large. Tanya currently works as a Community and Program Support Specialist for Vermont Birth to Five, where she provides technical assistance, supports quality practices and expansion, and serves on committees to strengthen the workforce.
oralyn LaBombard currently teaches LD 1, LD 2 and a Co-Teaching course for the VTHEC. She recently moved to Concord, NH where she works as an intensive needs special educator for Bow Memorial School. She runs a functional skills program for students with Autism. Prior to her move to NH, she worked at a variety of elementary schools as a special educator and also worked for Vermont Reads and the Stern Center for Language and Learning as a literacy consultant and professional development provider in literacy. Loralyn received her Ed.D. from the University of Vermont in Ed Leadership and Policy Studies in 2009 and her MA in Special Education in 2000 from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Loralyn lives in Concord with her husband, Greg; three kids, Camden, David and Libby; and dog, Max.
Angela LaCroix, M.Ed.
ngela has been a teacher at the Washington Village School for over 15 years. She began her career teaching Kindergarten and then a multi-age k/1 classroom before moving entirely into teaching mathematics. For the past 9 years she has only taught math classes in grades k-6 and math intervention for students in grades k-7. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont (2001) and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Needs from the University of New Hampshire (2003). She has worked with Mahesh Sharma to help develop her school district’s mathematics curriculum as well as our mathematics intervention program. She continues to work with other math colleagues on creating proficiency-based graduation requirements and scoring scales in the area of mathematics.
Mary Lundeen, M.Ed.
ary Lundeen is the Director of Student Support Services for the Montpelier Roxbury School District. She is currently serving as President of the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA). Mary is also the chair of the Legislative Committee as well as a member of the Vermont Special Education Advisory Panel. She co-facilitates the New Leader Academy for new and aspiring special education administrators. Before joining the Montpelier Roxbury School District, Mary served 16 years in the Winooski School District as a special educator, director of special education and ell, associate superintendent and superintendent. Mary began her career in education as a special education teacher in a therapeutic day school in Nashua, New Hampshire. She taught in a self-contained program for middle school students identified with emotional disabilities. Mary has been an adjunct instructor in the Graduate Program for School Leadership at Saint Michael’s College where she taught Special Education Leadership and Consultation and Collaboration in Schools. Mary is a graduate of Trinity College of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in early and elementary education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education in Reading from Rivier University in Nashua, NH. Mary furthered her education at the University of Vermont and Saint Michael’s College in the areas of special education and school leadership. Mary is passionate about Universal Design for Learning as a framework to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students.
Lianne Lussier, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
ianne Lussier is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and received her Master’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College in 2009. She taught in a general education setting for 3 years before taking a position at a designated health agency in behavior analysis to work primarily with students diagnosed with ASD or who had a history of trauma. She served on the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis board as both a student member and treasurer for several years. She also contributed to the creation of a local online journal publication called the Journal of Community-Based Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis (JCPABA) that showcases the research of regional practitioners. Her interests include continuing to disseminate ABA throughout the state of Vermont by teaching, establishing more ABA programs, and participating in research projects
Heather T. Lynn, Esq.
eather Lynn counsels Vermont public school districts and supervisory unions, semi-independent schools and Vermont colleges and universities on a variety of issues including student discipline, student disability/special education law, and civil liability. She has extensive experience in the defense of school districts in cases brought under Vermont’s peer harassment statutes both before Vermont and federal courts as well as the Vermont Human Rights Commission and U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. She participated in the 2012 and 2015 updates to the Vermont Agency of Education Model Policies and Procedures related to hazing, harassment and bullying and provides training to school administrators and staff on those policies and procedures. Ms. Lynn presents at local sexual harassment, special education, and student discipline seminars. She also performs college level Title IX sexual harassment investigations.
Ms. Lynn also practices civil litigation in the state and federal courts. In addition to general civil litigation, Ms. Lynn’s practice focuses on the defense of school districts for claims arising out of student-on-student harassment/violence, teacher/employee misconduct and special education claims.
ynn Lyons is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Lynn’s approach uses humor, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING — an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families. Lynn received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University, and has been training extensively with the world’s experts in clinical hypnosis and strategic therapy for more than 20 years. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).
imberly is a Program is the Senior Program Coordinator at The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN). She provides consultative and program development support to educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders. Additionally, she works on internal projects and development at CCSN, focused on providing staff with diverse experiences and ongoing training. Kimberly obtained her board certification in behavior analysis through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with school programs for preschool through middle school students. Previously, Kimberly developed an early intervention program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY, for children with autism and communication disorders. She has presented nationally and internationally, and on topics including functional analysis and reading comprehension.
ichaela Martin has been a Vermont educator since 1996, serving as a classroom teacher, principal and now Co-Director of School Transformation and Effectiveness in Orange North. In the newly formed Central Vermont Supervisory Union, Michaela is working with school leadership teams to develop an integrated MTSS model in which academic and social/emotional are one interdependent system.
Judith Masson, M.Ed.
udith has been an Essential Early Educator (EEE) in the Northeast Kingdom for 14 years, working with preschoolers in the surrounding towns of Newport. She has an Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2010, she completed a fellowship program through Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership for Educating Health Professionals (ILEHP), focusing on autism spectrum disorders. Her professional responsibilities currently include providing special education services for preschoolers with disabilities, supervising paraprofessionals, conducting case management and program development activities and collaborating with families, teachers and related service providers.
Megan Mayo, M.A., BCBA
egan is an instructor for the VT-HEC Autism Program. She is also the director of ABA services at the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC). Megan is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has a master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Johnson State College. Her interest in ABA began through an internship with a young child diagnosed with autism back in 2002 and has been a part of the Intensive School Supports team at CSAC since 2004. Megan has been an active member of the ABA community in Vermont, serving on the VtABA board for multiple years, providing trainings in applied behavior analysis to both her agency and the larger community, and most recently, working on a committee to create a regional research journal for community-based practice in ABA.
hane W. McCormack practices law with the Business and Transactions, Taxation and Commercial Finance teams at Paul Frank and Collins in Burlington, VT. His practice includes the representation of entrepreneurs and start-ups; he assists clients with business formation, the drafting of operating agreements, limited partnership agreements, shareholders agreements, securities purchase agreements, and registration rights agreements.
David Melnick, LICSW
ave Melnick is the Director of Outpatient Services at Northeast Family Institute (NFI Vermont), and is a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow and a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Trainer. For over 30 years, Dave has worked with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings including: outpatient, residential treatment, and schools. In addition to providing direct clinical work, Dave consults with and trains professionals and parents throughout Vermont, as well as in New York and British Columbia. His areas of expertise include developmental trauma, family therapy, adolescence, and attachment. Dave is trained in EMDR, DDP (Dr. Hughe’s attachment model), and a variety of family systems models. The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Dave has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level. Dave is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Vermont.
Tina Newman, Ph.D.
ina (Dr.) Newman is a licensed clinical child psychologist who specializes in assessment and intervention with children who have individual learning needs. Dr. Newman received her Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and completed postdoctoral work at Yale University. She has held appointments as a Psychologist at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Center for Children and as an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale University, Child Study Center. Her research pursuits included assessment and intervention with children who have individual learning needs, including multiple exceptionalities (e.g., areas of both strength and weakness) and circumscribed interests in autism spectrum disorders. Her clinical work included comprehensive assessments of children with complex learning profiles. She currently provides consultation and training for The Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, CT.
atti’s practice, since 1989, has been concentrated in the area of school law, with an emphasis on special education and general education law, and on compliance with disabilities and non-discrimination laws. She works with school clients to find practical solutions to potential substantive and procedural legal issues, to resolve contentious matters promptly and effectively, and to litigate matters where resolution is not possible. Patti has taught education law and/or special education law courses through Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, St. Michael’s College, and the University of Vermont. For many years she has been a speaker on a range of school law topics, from special education and Section 504, to harassment and bullying, discipline and confidentiality, through programs sponsored by individual school districts and/or regional Vermont and New Hampshire special education associations, school boards and other educational entities; by the Vermont Agency of Education; the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators; and by several private national sponsors of education law programs. She was admitted to bar in New York (1977), Vermont (1983); U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (1982); U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1982). Her education includes Tufts University (B.A., summa cum laude 1971); Stanford University (J.D. 1976).
Jennifer Patenaude, M.A.
en has worked for North Country Supervisory Union for over twenty years as a special educator, evaluation specialist, and instructional specialist. She is also an instructor, presenter, internship supervisor and member of VT-HEC Sped Advisory Council (which leads the design and delivery of the annual Special Education and Support Services professional development series). Jen has also led professional development on a multitude of topics for both general education and special education teachers PreK-12 within multiple supervisory unions throughout the state and has served as adjunct faculty for Vermont State Colleges.
Patty Piotrowski, M.A.
atty Piotrowski is a presenter for VT-HEC providing a series of workshops that focus on developing early learning and language skills 0f young children with autism and other developmental delays. These workshops are co-led with colleague Chris Knippenberg, OTR.
Patty received her BS (1974) and MA+ (1975) in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University. Her work experiences span hospital, school and home –based settings. Patty currently provides direct and consultation services to early childhood programs, school districts and adult services up and down the Vermont I-91 corridor. Patty has a special interest in autism, ABA -based structured communication and language instruction, and speech disorders.
rin is an instructor for the VT-HEC Health Educator program. She has taught Health Education at South Burlington High School for 15 years. In addition to teaching Health at SBHS, Erin oversees the school’s garden, and teaches Sustainable Foods, Contemporary Health Issues in Fiction, and Peer Leadership classes. Erin has a Master of Arts in Teaching from UVM, and an undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutritional Education. In addition to working with teachers to incorporate nutrition education in their classrooms, Erin is also passionate about incorporating mindfulness education into classrooms everywhere.
manda Rohdenburg is the Director of Advocacy at Outright Vermont. After earning a BA in Gender Studies and Political Science from Saint Michael’s College, Amanda provided support and prevention education to communities in Franklin and Grand Isle counties through Voices Against Violence. She has been an advocate for queer and trans youth with Outright Vermont since 2014.
Bill Rich, M.A.
ill is a long-time VT-HEC consultant and instructor. He began in our TASS (Teaching All Secondary Students) Program, as part of the design team and member of the TASS Steering Committee. A recognized expert in the area of differentiated instruction, Bill’s work is featured in Carol Tomlinson’s book, The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning. A lifelong learner himself, Bill has been working with Dartmouth professor and cognitive scientist Chris Jernstedt, exploring the intersection of neuroscience and education, inspiring educators to imagine schools designed with the learner in mind. His focus recently is on the many facets of Proficiency-Based, Personalized Learning. Bill received his Masters from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has taught for over 20 years in Vermont.
Melinda Schmalz, M.Ed.
elinda Schmalz has been working in the field of Early Education for over 25 years. Her experience includes a blend of general education and special education. She has taught preschool and kindergarten, been an administrator in a licensed childcare center, worked in Early Intervention, and is currently working in the Barre Unified Union School District as an Early Childhood Special Educator. As a special educator in the public school she has provided special education services to children in community partner settings, in preschool classrooms, and is currently leading an Extended Day Service Model for students with Intensive Special Needs. Melinda holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont, attended the Higher Education Collaborative to add an endorsement in Early Essential Education, followed by a Masters in Special Education from the University of Vermont.
Sarah Schoolcraft, M.Ed.
arah Schoolcraft is an instructor in the VT-HEC Special Education program. She works as an assistant principal in a PK-4 school in Waterbury, VT, and has worked as an elementary classroom teacher and special educator for more than 15 years. Sarah has taught as an adjunct on the graduate faculty at St. Michael’s College and the undergraduate faculty at Champlain College. Sarah is passionate about classroom and behavior management and working to meet the needs of all students in inclusive settings. Sarah is an adoptive parent of three amazing children, one of which has a label of ED, and is married to a fellow educator.
ecca Schrader is the Business Resource Manager at the Vermont Community Loan Fund, a mission driven, non-profit Community Development Financial Institution. VCLF provides access to capital with flexible terms for affordable housing development, community facilities, small businesses, and early care and learning programs throughout Vermont, coupling loans with business and management advisory and coaching services. In addition to working one-on-one with borrowers and potential borrowers, Becca provides group trainings and participates in committees and working groups seeking systems-level solutions to complex problems. Becca has over ten years of experience working with individuals, families, early care and learning providers, businesses, and non-profits, coaching them on how to maximize income, manage debt and credit, build assets, and save for the future.
Cathy Siggins, M.Ed.
athy Siggins is an instructor in the VT-HEC Early Childhood Education Program. She was among the first graduates of this program back in 2007, achieving an initial teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education. Cathy then completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with UVM in 2009. Cathy has taught preschool in both public and private school settings, and has held a variety of roles as an adult educator, including mentor, trainer, and college instructor. Currently, in addition to working as an early education outreach teacher, she is mentoring teachers seeking their initial early childhood licensure through peer review.
Loree Silvis, M.Ed.
oree Silvis is and Instructor in the VT-HEC Early Childhood Program. She is an experienced primary-grade teacher who left the classroom several years ago to delve deeply into the cognitive research on how young children construct an understanding of important foundational mathematics concepts. In support of early educators, she led the development of several graduate level courses which focus on number, additive reasoning, problem solving and foundations for algebraic reasoning and facilitates these courses throughout Vermont. She also co-led the development of the Primary Number and Operation Assessment (PNOA) with support from the Vermont Agency of Education and continues to work with school districts focusing on instructional best practices in mathematics and in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in primary and elementary levels.
Dianna (Dee) Smith
ee has worked with the University of Vermont’s Campus Children’s School since its inception in 1990 and taught in UVM’s Early Childhood Program for over 25 years. She is keenly interested in how the process of documenting children’s interests affects the quality of preservice teacher education, teacher’s practice in the classroom, the development of curriculum, relationships with parents, and advocating for children as competent members of their communities. Dee is interested in how the study of other disciplines can support the thinking of early childhood educators, particularly as they engage in conversations around children’s explorations. She has presented nationally and internationally, and written about the research that teachers have engaged in at the Campus Children’s School. Dee continues to work with CCS teachers as Pedagogical Director, and faculty supervisor of the student teachers in their classrooms.
Leah Sophrin, M.S., CCC-SLP
eah is a speech language pathologist who works with adults and children in her private practice and as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultant at the VOICE AAC Center in Montpelier, VT. Her private practice supports individuals with diverse needs to (re)claim their voice, create connection between their communication and identity, and cultivate a community of support and encouragement for those with unique or challenging communication needs. Leah’s clients include children and adults with autism, down syndrome, individuals who’ve experienced a brain injury or stroke, and individuals who identify as transgender and are seeking to access a voice that allows for the expression of who they are. Leah is co-host of Reframe Your Brain, a podcast where she, Danielle Kent, and guests delve into re-imagining the field of Speech Language Pathology as more creative, energizing, equitable and sustainable.
Michelle Spence, M.A.Ed.
ichelle is an instructor in the Early Childhood Program. She has spent over 25 years in the field of early care and education as a family child care provider, preschool teacher, center director, trainer, adjunct faculty for CCV, UVM and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, early childhood advisory council director, Success by Six coordinator and public school administrator. She currently work for the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs, which is a public school early childhood collaborative covering two supervisory unions. Michelle holds an AS from Champlain College in Public Relations, a BA from Campbell University in Accounting, an MA Ed. from the University of Phoenix in Education Supervision and Administration and an early childhood and principal endorsement on her Vermont Educators License.
erin Stackpole leads the Employment and Labor Law Group at Paul Frank & Collins in Burlington, VT, where she provides practical and proactive advice to senior leaders and management teams regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues. In addition, Kerin regularly designs and presents training programs for organizations seeking to strengthen the skills of their management team.
Jennifer Stainton, Ed.D.
ennifer Stainton is Science Department Chair and teaches Integrated Environmental Science and Chemistry at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Richmond and a M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from George Mason University. Jennifer recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her dissertation research focused on Vermont principal leadership for implementation of personalized, proficiency-based education. Jennifer is a board member of the Vermont Science Teacher’s Association, an active participant in Dartmouth’s GK-12 Project, and works to connect students with Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park. She has engaged students with science in a variety of educational settings, including museums, travel programs, independent schools and public schools.
Katy Swalwell, Ph.D.
aty’s expertise revolves around teacher activism and social justice education, with a special focus on race and class issues within social studies teaching and learning. She is the author of Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite, as well as several articles in magazines and journals like Teaching Tolerance and Rethinking Schools. Before becoming a teacher educator, Katy taught social studies at a public high school in Minnesota. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland–College Park. Katy currently teaches at Iowa State University.
ohn Tapper is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education at St. Michael’s College and the Director of the All Learners Network. He has more than 30 years of experience as an elementary teacher, math coach, math education researcher, and author. He believes everyone can learn mathematics and take advantage of the opportunities it creates.
atty Thomas is a registered Occupational Therapist who is currently in her twentieth year of working with children in the pre-K -12 school. She has provided services to children of all ages with various diagnoses, including physical impairment, developmental delay, visual impairment, genetic disorder, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Patty is a “big picture thinker” who strives to help her students achieve meaningful participation in all of their roles. As an OT, Patty has provided years of Assistive Technology services to students as well as training and support for caregivers and teachers. She completed the Vermont LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellowship in 2014-15 with an emphasis in improving the delivery of Assistive Technology services to students in Vermont.
Rich Tulikangas, M.Ed.
ich Tulikangas currently serves as Director of Linking Learning to Careers, a statewide initiative through VocRehab Vermont to increase career and college readiness for high school students with disabilities. He has been passionate about helping prepare young people for life beyond high school and been a leader of numerous programs and organizations in Vermont and nationally with that focus for over 30 years. He served as founding Executive Director of Linking Learning to Life/Navicate, Work-Based Learning Director for the National Academy Foundation (now NAF), Consultant and Program Director in several capacities for the VT Agency of Education and was loaned to the Governor’s Office to develop the state’s School-To-Work plan. Rich has a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and an MEd from the University of Vermont in Human and Organizational Resource Development. He has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences and his teaching focuses on supporting secondary educators with successfully developing and managing high quality work-based learning opportunities.
llen Tuzzolo has been fighting for racial and social justice for as long as she can remember. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Disability Studies from Wesleyan University and earned a certification to teach K-12 Special Education. After teaching in New Orleans, Ellen founded and directed the “Schools First” initiative of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana where she partnered with the Recovery School District in New Orleans to reduce the number of suspensions, expulsions, and school arrests. As a Program Director for RE-Center: Race and Equity in Education, Ellen lead the “Equity-Informed School Climate Assessment,” partnering with a school district in Connecticut to institutionalize equity in its policies and practices. Ellen has developed and facilitated workshops for public school educators and staff, college faculty, youth correctional officers, youth development workers, and other youth service professionals. She is most passionate about supporting educators in creating and sustaining equitable environments in which youth can grow and thrive. Ellen is a proud member of the Rhode Island chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, and serves on the board of directors for the Providence Student Union and the Albany Social Justice Center.
Jon Udis, M.Ed.
on Udis has worked as a classroom teacher, public school principal and residential treatment educational director. In 1991, Jon started his consulting company, Vermont Schoolhouse Seminars. In addition to his teaching experience, Jon served as a Vermont State facilitator for the National Diffusion Network and directed several projects aimed at school climate improvement. He has presented workshops at educational conferences throughout the United States and Canada and has taught graduate courses for St. Michael’s College, University of Vermont and McGill University. Jon is well known for his passion for learning, his love of teaching and his commitment to helping every child receive the supports necessary for healthy development; he models mutual respect, warmth, active learning, and humor in all of his teaching. Jon lives with family outside of Montpelier, Vermont.
oelle van Lent is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and child serving agencies. Dr. van Lent has expertise as a therapist, clinician, evaluator, consultant, and trainer. Her work focuses on child and adolescent mental health, family therapy, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. van Lent’s approach is geared toward fostering resilience and creating communities that support healthy development. She is currently in private practice based in the northwestern part of Vermont and works across the state with schools and agencies. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Dr. van Lent has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level.
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
arah Ward has more than 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction, and is an internationally recognized expert in the field. She is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral-based differences in individuals with brain-based learning differences. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and has presented to and consulted with over 1200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Kathryn Whitaker, M.Ed.
athryn is an instructor and presenter for the VT-HEC Autism program. She is an autism consultant for North Country Supervisory Union in Vermont. In her current position, she serves thirteen schools as a consultant and trainer for children with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also the local alternate assessment coordinator and is active in a district assistive technology project. Kathryn has been involved in training Vermont educators in structured teaching with Linda Mulley and Chris Knippenberg and gives regular workshops on autism spectrum disorders, behavior interventions for autism, structured teaching and curriculum for students with autism. Kathryn earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an independent autism strand from Johnson State College of Vermont. Kathryn’s completed her B.S. degree in behavioral sciences and special education at Lyndon State College in Vermont. Kathryn also studied at Sonoma State University in California for certifications as learning handicap specialist, emotional disturbance specialist, resource specialist, assistive technology specialist and bilingual (Spanish) cultural linguistic academics certification.