Our Instructors and Presenters

IMG_6646CVEDC instructors are among Vermont’s strongest and most current educational leaders.  Our staff has the expertise and experience to provide high quality professional learning to you or your staff. Please enjoy their biography and feel free to ask questions.

Our workshop and series presenters are national and statewide leaders who have a track record of high quality professional learning.  Regardless of the venue or topic, CVEDC always asks for feedback and incorporates it into our future offerings.  We link the Vermont Core Standards to all the work we do, and our CVEDC instructional staff usually includes excellent new books or materials for participants.

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones
Andrew 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...

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Annie O’Shaughnessy

Annie O’Shaughnessy
Annie O’Shaughnessy began teaching in 1990 and has since enjoyed a rich and varied career as an educator in public, alternative, and therapeutic settings. In addition to fifteen years as a restorative circle facilitator for...

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Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith has a M.S. in School Counseling with over 25 years of experience. She is certified as a Master Social Skills trainer, having been trained by Arnold Goldstein, in collaboration with the State of...

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Betsy Allen

Betsy Allen
Betsy Allen is the District Math Coach in the Essex Westford School District. After she graduated from the Vermont Math Initiative, she was the Math Coach at Hardwick Elementary School. She has worked for the...

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Bob Laird

Bob Laird is an instructor for the VMI courses on Statistics, Action Research and Inquiry into Effective Practice, a mentor of VMI teachers, and developer of materials for the teaching/learning strand of the VMI. In...

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Chris CichoskiKelly

Chris CichoskiKelly
Chris CichoskiKelly is a Technology Integrationist in EWSD and has a Master's Degree in Education. His work focuses on Universal Design for Learning, Digital Citizenship, Web 2.0 Tools and iPad Integration. He has taught multiple...

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Christian Courtemanche

Christian Courtemanche
Christian Courtemanche (M.Ed) is the District K4 Math and K8 Science Instructional Coach in Chittenden East Supervisory Union. He has been in elementary and middle school education for over 10 years as both a classroom...

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David Wells

David Wells
David Wells has been integrating technology into education for over twenty-five years as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal.  David also teaches graduate level courses in technology and instructional methods as well as...

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Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld
I am a Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where I teach doctoral courses related to diversity, social justice and equity. Before entering the field of teacher education,...

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Dr. Lisa Lande

Dr. Lisa Lande
Dr. Lande has dedicated her professional endeavors to advocating for teachers and students around the globe. It is her aspiration that every classroom in every school is one that she would want her own three...

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Dr. Ross Greene

Dr. Ross Greene
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is an American clinical child psychologist and the author of the books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings." Dr. Greene is the developer of the research-based method now called Collaborative...

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Dr. Russell J. Quaglia

Dr. Russell J. Quaglia
Russell J. Quaglia is a globally recognized pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to Student Voice and Aspirations. Dr. Quaglia has been described by news media as "America's foremost authority...

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Elizabeth (Liz) Mirra

Elizabeth (Liz) Mirra
Elizabeth Mirra is the Math and Science Instructional coach for the Springfield School District in Springfield, VT and has been a middle and high school science educator for over 15 years. As a classroom teacher,...

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ELIZABETH MOORE

ELIZABETH MOORE
Beth Moore coauthored two of the books within the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading, and the Units of Study for Teaching Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing with Lucy Calkins and Colleagues. She worked...

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Ellen A. Thompson, Ed.D.

Ellen A. Thompson, Ed.D.
Ellen A. Thompson has been an educator for over 35 years. She taught as a classroom teacher in Vermont for over twenty years with many of those years in a multiage setting teaching children aged...

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Emily Tyl

Emily Tyl
Emily Tyl has a M.Ed with over 35 years experience working with students and teachers across the grade levels. She has been a teacher leader, mentor, and an active member of a Student Support Team....

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Fran Huntoon

Fran Huntoon
Fran Huntoon, a 2009 VMI graduate, is a mentor and instructor for the VMI. She is a former elementary school teacher who has taught mathematics to students from kindergarteners to sixth graders for over 25 years....

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Gabe Hamilton

Gabe Hamilton
Gabe Hamilton is the Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator at Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School in Bristol, VT. Prior to leading the implementation of PBL at Mt. Abe, Gabe developed standards-based curriculum in his 9th...

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George Couros

George Couros
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school--from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and...

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Jay Nichols

Jay Nichols
Jay is a previous member of the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center Board and Executive Committee. Jay was on the Board and a member of the hiring committee that appointed Lauren Wooden to be the...

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Jim Knight

Jim Knight
Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and...

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Joanne Finnegan

Joanne Finnegan
Joanne Finnegan has a 42 year history of educational experience in grade K - 12 public schools. She began her educational career in 1972 in New York State where she was a middle school math teacher....

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John R. Tapper, Ph.D.

John R. Tapper, Ph.D.
John Tapper holds a PhD in Mathematics Education. His research includes teaching methods that support struggling math learners and the effects of poverty and race on mathematics learning. Before coming to New York, John was...

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June Golato, M.S., CCC-SLP

June E. Golato has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist in Vermont schools and in private practice for 30 years. June started her career working at the high school level primarily with students with language...

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Karen Reinhardt

Karen Reinhardt
Karen Reinhardt is a K-4 Math Coach and Coordinator in Chittenden East Supervisory Union. She is coordinating a Vermont PLN Lesson Study project, has taught Math Coaching Institutes and multiple graduate courses in teaching math...

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Kathy Swan

Kathy Swan
Kathy Swan is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky. She is the co-editor of the book, Teaching the C3 Framework: A Guide to Inquiry Based Instruction in the Social Studies....

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Leah Mermelstein

Leah Mermelstein
Leah Mermelstein is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC.  She is also the author of Reading/​Writing Connections in the K-2...

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Lisa Barry

Lisa Barry
Lisa Barry is a Technology Integrationist in Essex Town School District and has taught graduate level technology courses including: Personalized Learning with Technology, Digging Deeper Using Technology, Designing and Assessing Technology, Technology Paves the Way. Lisa...

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LUCIE DELABRUERE

LUCIE DELABRUERE
Lucie deLaBruere currently works as a Digital Age Learning Consultants and teaches educational technology related courses at the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, and Gradschool of Marlboro College. She is the director of Google...

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Mary Abele-Austin

Mary Abele-Austin
Mary Abele-Austin works as a 5-8 math coach providing embedded professional development for classroom teachers in Chittenden East Supervisory Union. Mary is an experienced leader of the lesson study model for professional development and has...

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Mary Lynn Riggs

Mary Lynn Riggs
Dr. Mary Lynn Riggs served as a teacher, principal and curriculum director in Vermont schools. She is trained in Dialogue Education and intentionally facilitates groups to build collective understanding which moves them to action. Mary...

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Michael Berry

Michael Berry
My name is Michael Berry and I’m currently the Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation in MMMUSD-CESU schools of Vermont. Some of my stats: – Grew up in Gouverneur, New York where both my parents...

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Michael Martin, Ed.D.

Michael Martin, Ed.D.
Michael Martin, Ed.D. is the Director of Curriculum & Technology for Montpelier Public Schools and a Senior Associate with the Rowland Foundation. He was a participant in the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education and...

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Pam Chomsky-Higgins

Pam Chomsky-Higgins
Pam Chomsky-Higgins is a Literacy Consultant with a focused expertise in assessment and evaluation as well as PreK-12 curriculum and instruction.

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Pam Foust

Pam Foust
Pam has over 35 years in Elementary Education in Vermont from teaching in multiage grades 1-4 classrooms, being a literacy leader and coach, coordinating the CESU Mentoring program supporting new teachers, to being a mentor...

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Peter DeWitt, Ed.D.

Peter DeWitt, Ed.D.
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. Peter is a Visible...

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Professor Mahesh Sharma

Professor Mahesh Sharma
Professor Mahesh Sharma is the Founder and President of the Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics (CT/LM, 1979) located in Framingham and Wellesley, Massachusetts and Berkshire Mathematics (1990) in Reading, England. The objective of these centers...

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Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller has experience as an ELA and Social Studies teacher in grades 7 and 8. Currently, she is a middle school literacy coach and facilitates professional development with a focus on the Reading and...

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Steven Davis

Steven Davis
Steven Davis is currently the Technology Integrationist at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. He received his M.A. from Tufts University and has been teaching technology integration courses since the early 1990s. In addition to...

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Thomas R. Guskey

Thomas R. Guskey
Dr. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public...

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Valerie Sullivan Ed.D

Valerie Sullivan Ed.D

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