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Watching Sandpipers

January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Watching Sandpipers

Today I wandered into the maintenance office at Lyndon Town School.  I chatted with George and Roland. Then Roland took me for a tour of the wood chip plant.  It was a small moment; it reminded me how much I appreciate each and every person who works in our schools.  Did you know that the folks at Lyndon get up at 2 or 3 in the morning to plow snow on those snowy mornings? I want to thank all of our maintenance and custodial folks for all the hours they put in to our schools. As school employees, we all take a little bit of our heart and pour it into some magic sauce that helps children grow. I have not written much for the Dispatch lately.  What do you do when your pen goes dry? It sits on the shelf, silent.  I think of Harry Potter and magical pens, that leap from the shelf and write stories themselves.  I love to write, but my pen has been sitting, silent. On the shelf. It has been dry and I don’t know why. The holiday?  The darkness? The this and that? And the guilt seeps in because I have not told…

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It is a considerable honor to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Kingdom East School District.

The citizens of Burke, Concord, Lyndon, Lunenburg, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock care deeply about public education and our preK-12 students. This support is essential in continuing the strength of our school programs. As we launch a new school district with both opportunities and challenges, I feel confident that each of our small towns can maintain their small community values and also serve the educational hopes and dreams for all our children.

We strive for our schools allow our children to be prepared to excel and thrive in college, careers and life. We have robust preK-8 schools and high school choice. In our first year as a District, I will work with our citizens, families, parents, school personnel and the Board to develop a strategic plan to guide our schools for the next decade. We will set up community engagement systems, provide a web and social media presence to communicate. We will strive to meet the aspirations of the young people whom we educate.
I look forward to continuing our academic programs, increasing personalization and authentic, place based learning, expanding co-curricular, civic, service and after school programs and creatively working across all schools to share resources and maximize our potential.

I believe in a commitment to both the development of community assets and service; I take great pride in empowering students and staff to reach their highest potential. I look forward to working with our entire community to make the 2018-19 school year successful and inspiring year.

Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent

Jennifer began as superintendent in June of 2016. Her professional career started in independent boarding schools first as a Latin and English teacher then as as a counselor, dorm parent, admissions/development director, and school dean. She then moved to public secondary schools and taught Latin and mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) for seven years. She spent seven years as a secondary school principal at Mt Mansfield Union High School and five years as Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent in Richmond, Vermont. She received a doctoral degree from University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership, Masters in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College. @jenEDuvt or by email at jbotzojorns@kingdomeast.org.

Jennifer and her husband live in Concord. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, canoeing, and just being in the woods -- building and working with wood.