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.

Adam Seipel

Adam Seipel
Since 2008, I have taken my love of education to K-12 teachers and administrators. In fall of that year, I started helping other teachers in my district incorporate Google Sites, Docs and other tools into...

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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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Christian Courtemanche

Christian Courtemanche
Christian Courtemanche (M.Ed) is the District K4 Math and K8 Science Instructional Coach in Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District. He has been in elementary and middle school education for over 10 years as both...

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Christine Saxman

Christine Saxman
CHRISTINE SAXMAN EQUITY TRANSFORMATION CONSULTANT Christine Saxman has been a student-centered educator in Township District 113 in Deerfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago, since 2003. In 2016, she received the a Illinois Golden Apple Finalist and...

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Courtlandt Butts

Courtlandt Butts
EQUITY PROGRAM MANAGER – GOVERNMENT & NGO Courtlandt began his education in the Philadelphia public school system before moving to Orlando, Florida, where he completed his early schooling. He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University...

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Dawan Julien

Dawan Julien
EQUITY TRANSFORMATION SPECIALIST Dawan Julien is a visionary leader who has advocated for educational equity for communities of color for over twenty years. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, her mother was constantly seeking the...

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Deb Boerner

Deb Boerner
Deb Boerner is a Vermont Reading Recovery teacher leader—trained as a Reading Recover teacher in 1997-98 and as a teacher leader in 2007-08.  I have worked as a Reading Recovery teacher leader in South Dakota,...

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Andrea Honigsfeld

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. Gillian Boudreau

Dr. Gillian Boudreau
Gillian Boudreau is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed school psychologist. Dr. Boudreau has worked with children and families in Vermont and New York City for many years, with the mission of understanding and...

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Lisa Lande

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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Ross Greene

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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Russell J. Quaglia

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 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 Dorsey

Ellen Dorsey
Ellen Dorsey is an instructional coach in Washington Central Supervisory Union where she partners with teachers in grades K through 12 to meet their student-centered goals and provides professional development on instructional strategies to meet...

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Erin Maguire

Erin Maguire
Erin is the EWSD Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. As a special education director and Director of Equity, Erin Maguire has had years of experience in the LEA role and has trained principals for...

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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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Heather Lynn

Heather Lynn
Heather T. Lynn, Attorney w/ Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C., 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...

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Ismalis Nuñez

Ismalis Nuñez
Equity Transformation Specialist Ismalis Nuñez is a second generation, Afro Puerto Rican Cuban American equity champion, with skills in facilitating, designing, and delivering adult and student learning experiences focused on racial equity. She worked as...

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Jack Baldermann

Jack Baldermann
Biography Jack Baldermann has led several school districts as superintendent and principal to significant student achievement gains over his twenty year career as an educational leader. Most recently as superintendent and principal at Riverside Brookfield...

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Jackie Ramsay-Tolman, M.Ed CAGS

Jackie  Ramsay-Tolman, M.Ed CAGS
Jackie Ramsay-Tolman, M.Ed CAGS, is the Director of Learning and Instructional Impact for the Essex Westford School District. As a former classroom teacher, special educator and principal, she has worked within all grade levels 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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Jennifer Kennison

Jennifer Kennison
Jen Kennison is an Instruction and Learning Specialist at FNESU, having served as a Co-Director of Instruction and Learning, a Director of Curriculum, VISMT Science Trainer and former Presidential Awardee.  Jen served on the College...

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Jennifer Wood, M. Ed.

Jennifer Wood, M. Ed.
Jennifer Wood, M.Ed, has worked with adults, teens and children in diverse, international contexts for almost 30 years as teacher, workshop facilitator, public historian, researcher, and coach. Mindfulness is effective professional development that supports personal...

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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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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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Leidene King

Leidene King
EQUITY TRANSFORMATION SPECIALIST Leidene C. King has served as an urban educator for nearly 20 years in various capacities, from teaching 5th and 8th grade, to strengthening the practice of K-8 teachers and principals, to...

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Linda Keating

Linda Keating
Linda P. Keating has been active in Vermont education for four decades. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Vermont and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Psychology and a...

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Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.
Loui began her career in education in 1991 as a special education assistant. Soon after she moved into a full-time position as an 8th grade collaborative teacher. While completing her Masters, though, Loui decided she...

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Luis Versalles

Luis Versalles
DIRECTOR OF PRE K-12 DISTRICT PARTNERSHIPS A second generation Afro Cuban-American, Luis Versalles was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. His bilingual and bicultural life experiences have fueled his passion for fostering racial, linguistic, and...

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Meagan Roy

Meagan Roy
Meagan Roy, Ed.D. is the Director of Student Support Services for the Champlain Valley School District. Meagan has years of experience leading student support services and as a special education teacher in Vermont, with a...

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Megan Grube

Megan Grube
Megan Grube is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for the Grand Isle Supervisory Union.  Prior to coming to GISU, she worked as a School Effectiveness Coordinator for the Agency of Education and was...

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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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Sarah Birgé: District Instructional Coach for Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools

Sarah Birgé: District Instructional Coach for Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools
Sarah Birgé is the District Instructional Coach for Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools. Prior to that, she was the ELA specialist at the Vermont Agency of Education as well as a member of the state assessment team....

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Sonya Collie

Sonya Collie
Sonya Collie is an Equity Transformation Consultant with Pacific Education Group and runs the Operations for the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute. Sonya is particularly interested in working in partnership with Indigenous Māori women 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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Tina H. Boogren, PhD

Tina H. Boogren, PhD
Tina H. Boogren, PhD, is a former classroom teacher, English department chair, instructional coach, professional developer, athletic coach, author, and building-level leader and is the author of 180 days of Self-Care for Busy Educators an...

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Tony Hudson

Tony Hudson
EQUITY TRANSFORMATION SPECIALIST Tony Hudson was born in Omaha, Nebraska on the North Side. His experience growing up in one of the most racially segregated metro areas in the United States, while experiencing attempts at...

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Violet Nichols

Violet Nichols
Violet Nichols is the Director of Learning for the Addison Northwest School District. She is a Vermont native who has worked nationally and internationally as a public school teacher, STEM instructor, instructional coach and consultant....

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