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.

Alex Shevrin Venet

Alex Shevrin Venet
Alex is an educator and writer focusing on the intersection between trauma-informed practice and supporting our most challenging students. She teaches undergraduate students at the Community College of Vermont in interdisciplinary studies and humanities, and...

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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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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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Bobby Riley

Bobby Riley
Bobby Riley is the principal of the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA), one of two magnet schools in Burlington, Vermont and is a passionate champion of PBIS, restorative practices, mindfulness, SEL and the power of the...

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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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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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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 (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 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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Emily Rinkema

Emily Rinkema
Emily Rinkema is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator in the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont, spending half of her time supporting standards-based instruction and learning at the high school, and half supporting the middle schools...

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Erin Oliver

Erin Oliver
Erin Oliver is a math specialist for K-8 at Grand Isle School. She began her teaching career in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2007. Throughout her career, Erin has focused on intervention, because her passion is...

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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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Howard Moody

Howard Moody
Howard Moody has been facilitating workshops for over 25 years and he specializes in designing team building, stress reduction, and wellness presentations. www.howardmoody.com Howard has been also been a teacher and successful coach of numerous...

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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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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 Teacher of the Year.  Jen served on...

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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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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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Juliet King

Juliet King
Juliet King has been a literacy specialist in Vermont for the past 20 years.  She currently works at Bellows Free Academy Fairfax Elementary School as the instructional coach.  In her position, Juliet supports teachers in...

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Karen Lehning

Karen Lehning is currently a math specialist at the Georgia Elementary and Middle School.  She has been an educator for 16 years, both as an elementary classroom teacher and math leader. After completing her graduate...

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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Berry

Michael Berry
My name is Michael Berry and I’m currently the Director of Curriculum in the Montpelier/Roxbury SD. Some of my stats: – Grew up in Gouverneur, New York where both my parents were educators – Attended...

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Michael Martin, Ed.D.

Michael Martin, Ed.D.
Michael Martin, Ed.D. is the Director of Learning for South Burlington School District and a Senior Associate with the Rowland Foundation. He was a participant in the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education and teaches...

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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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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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Stan Williams

Stan Williams
Stan Williams has taught and worked in the Champlain Valley School District for over twenty years. Currently, he is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator for the district and spends his time supporting standards-based learning and instruction...

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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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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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Victoria Graf

Victoria Graf
Victoria Graf is the principal of Jericho Elementary School.  Victoria graduated from the University of Vermont with a Masters in Education 1983.  This fall will be her 44th year in public education in Vermont. She...

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