Kingdom East Superintendent’s office is entering a very busy hiring season. Applicants are highly skilled bringing with them a great deal of experience.
We look forward to meeting and working with all these folks across our district.
The following are New Hires as of May 5, 2019:
Marc Brown has been hired as the new Kingdom East Facilities Manager. He received his International Facilities Management Association credentials online through Georgia Southern University.Mr. Brown has worked in construction / maintenance / facilities roles since 1988 and has served in a number of roles including Facilities Director, Building Contractor, Construction Supervisor / Project Manager. He has served on school and town committees in leadership capacities including school facilities, building projects, safety, emergency management and emergency services. Mr. Brown lives in Wheelock with his wife and has three children and three grandchildren.
Devin has worked for Caledonia North Supervisory Union and then Kingdom East for the past 5 years first as a guidance counselor and then as a home school coordinator. She recently was hired as the full time Guidance Counselor at Miller’s Run School. We look forward to Devin’s continued contributions to Kingdom East.
Brittany will serve as a librarian at Burke Town School with an emphasis on Literacy and integrating technology to improve student learning. Prior to coming to Kingdom East, Brittany worked for two years at the St. Joseph School and MicroSociety Academy Charter School in Haverhill MA and Nashua NH respectively. She has a masters in Education from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor of science from Plymouth State College.
Molly is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont in Elementary School Education. Her student teaching in Burlington was at the Sustainability Academy where she worked to integrate science and nature into her classroom. A native NEK resident, she has accepted a position as an elementary teacher at Burke Town School.
Cara has most recently served as an office coordinator at Hardwick Chiropractic. She was formerly a manager and principal baker at Bien Fait in Greensboro. For nine years she served as an instrumental and vocal music teacher in the Northeast Kingdom and has a rich level of experience and interest in the arts. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Johnson (Magna Cum Laude). We look forward to Cara’s wealth of experience in schools as a teacher, and her roles working with technology and marketing as an administrative assistant. Cara will serve as our communication, enrollment and innovations administrative assistant in the Kingdom East Offices.
A veteran teacher and literacy interventionist, Robyn began her career at Newark School. She then worked for many years as an exceptional interventionist at Lyndon Town School. She applied for a voluntary transfer and next year will be returning to Newark Street School as a literacy interventionist.
Delia Lefebvre has served as a classroom teacher for many years in Monroe NH. She has numerous awards and honors for outstanding teaching. Several years ago she left the classroom to work throughout Vermont as a Math Specialist. She provided professional development and worked with the Vermont Mathematics Institute. Kingdom East is lucky to have Delia returning to serve as a classroom teacher in the middle school at Lyndon. She has exceptional skills in mathematics and will serve the community well.
Alan has been hired as the middle school (5-8) mathematics teacher at Miller’s Run School. Alan has served as a Kingdom East After School Site Coordinator for several years and was a temporary teacher this year. He recently accepted a full time permanent teaching position at Miller’s Run. He brings curiosity, strong connections with students and a wealth of experiences. He lives in Wheelock with his family.
Laura Nichols has been hired at Lyndon Town School and for Kingdom East School District as a Consulting Special Education Supervisor. She has a BA from Plymouth State and a masters degree from St. Michael’s College. She has served as a special education administrator, special educator, student services coordinator, consulting teacher and adjunct professor. She brings a wealth of experience and special education knowledge.
Billy – Jo has been hired at Lyndon Town School as a literacy coach and literacy interventionist. She previously worked at Caledonia Central Supervisory Union as a literacy and humanities instructional coordinator. She taught at Barnet school for 6 years and previously worked at Caledonia North as a literacy coach. Ms. Roberts has a BA from Lyndon State and a masters from Lesley. We welcome her expertise and energy.
Given over 23 years of experience, Ms. Myerson has accepted a special education position at Lyndon Town School. She will be moving back to Vermont from a home in Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a masters from Lesley and a Certificate of Graduate Study form Fitchburg State. She is currently serving as a special educator at St. Mary’s Academy in Sarasota , Florida. Previously she worked at Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzy, NH, and was the Academic Director for INSPIRE- a K-12 school for Autism in Vermont. We look forward to her energy and wealth of experience.Read More
This past weekend, Charlie “Chappy” Chapman died due to an illness. Charlie served for many years as a bus driver at Burke Town School. His route included Newark Hill and several other small roads. Prior to driving bus for Burke, Chappy worked for years as a driver’s education instructor at Lyndon Institute and Lake Region Union High School. In addition to many other roles, Charlie was also a veteran of our armed services, a father and devoted husband.
Burke Town School reached out to families over the weekend to let them know about Mr. Chapman, and that the bus route would need to be cancelled for the rest of the school year.
Charlie was an incredibly positive force of energy at Burke Town School and in the community. He will be missed by faculty, staff and children. Teachers and counselors have worked to have extended class meetings and support children. In addition they will continue to provide counseling as needed for students and faculty. Any families or parents who would like additional support should reach out to principal Stacy Rice.
Principal Rice shared that, “We are devastated by the loss of Chappy. His life force, love and contributions to our entire community will be sorely missed. Our hearts and prayers go to his family as they seek privacy and peace in the loss of their beloved husband and father.”
Please find a link from a statement that the Superintendent of Schools sent to faculty, staff and families in Burke.Read More
For Immediate Release
DATE: May 29, 2019
CONTACT: Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent of Schools
Rachel Robillard hired as Principal
at Sutton School
Lyndonville, VT – Rachel Robillard has been hired to serve as the next principal at Sutton School which is part of the Kingdom East School District. The current principal, Ken Hayes is retiring at the end of June.
In late April, Kingdom East posted the position and a robust pool of nine qualified candidates sought the position. A search committee which included several teachers, board members, parents and peer administrators reviewed the candidates and selected several to interview. After the interviews a second day long visit occurred which included a meet- and-greet-the-candidate. This day long visit included two parent meetings (one in the early morning and one in the afternoon), classroom visits, Q & A with students and support staff, reading in the younger grades to students, and a number of other interactive times including a mock faculty meeting. During the day long visit over 45 evaluation forms were completed and they all overwhelming supported Ms. Robillard.
Rachel Robillard received her bachelor’s in education from Lyndon State College in 2006. Her masters of science from the University of Vermont in May 2019, In addition her principal licensure from the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH is anticipated in June 2019.
Ms. Robillard has been in education since 2006 and has served in a number of roles including as a District mentoring coordinator, math and formative assessment coach and an elementary school teacher. She has served on school and district committees and in multiple leadership capacities including school improvement, mathematics, report card, the crisis team and technology committees. She has been part of hiring and search teams. This past April, Ms. Robillard served as an interim Principal at Sutton. Ms. Robillard brings a wealth of experience and passion to her leadership.
Ms. Robillard lives in Sutton with her husband and two children. Together they like to hike, mountain bike, ski, and frequent Crystal Lake in the summer. Ms. Robillard shared, “I am humbled to be selected to serve as the next principal at Sutton School,” then pausing she added, “I am excited for the opportunity to be part of the community and support the dedicated staff. I want to serve Sutton Village School as we continue to provide a high quality education.”
Superintendent Jennifer Botzojorns shared, “After a search process of many qualified candidates, we are thankful to have someone of Ms. Robillard’s expertise. She is committed to the community and District and will continue to support Sutton where there are, ‘successful students, devoted teachers and a caring community’.” Sutton School is part of the Kingdom East School District which has been in existence since July 1, 2018. The District merged seven town school districts and eight communities including Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Newark, Sutton, Sheffield, and Wheelock.
Ms. Robillard will attend one or two Sutton School events this spring and begin her full time position on July 1.
Sophia Hall, M.Ed., RN, NCSN recently received notification she has earned the Nationally Certified School Nurse (NSCN) credentials.
Passing the National Certification exam represents excellence of practice, preparation and knowledge in the Nursing Specialty of School Nursing. There are more than 4,000 Nationally Certified School Nurses across the country. Currently 21 of the more than 300 school nurses in Vermont are credentialed with this Nursing Specialty Credential.
“Nurse Soph” has been Miller’s Run School’s nurse since 2013. She earned a Master of Education–Community Health from Plymouth University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Nursing from UVM in 1980.
Congratulations, Nurse Soph!