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October 14, 2020 Comments Off on A Moose

October 14, 2020 The other night darkness settled into our valley in Concord.  The partially lit western sky glowed orange then faded.  The dog (a large 9 month old puppy) wanted to sit on the porch. There he sat. In the distance an enormous beast emerged from the creek bottom.  Dark, large, huge rack, the bull came into view. Beside himself with excitement the dog leapt to his feet and bolted toward the bridge and the moose.  Barking, enthusiastically, running, excited, speedily making himself nearer and nearer. Then the moose stopped.  Stock still.  He turned and loomed over the relatively large golden retriever.  The dog, stopped dead in his tracks, looked at the moose, then in a nanosecond turned and ran, lickety split, back to the potch, into the opened door (we were standing watching) and straight into the teeny weeny back corner of his crate.  Pushing the back side of his fur as close to hiding-from-everything that could possibly be large-and-present and looming-and-alive! My husband and I laughed.  Big bold dog, naturally put in his place by this other majestic creature.   Then I thought about the pandemic.  The pandemic is like this moose, big and large.  And as we…

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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 this school year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic we anticipate both opportunities and challenges. I am confident that our professional faculty and staff can work together with our families to provide a quality educational experience. Our vibrant landscape, outdoor opportunities and small towns support our schools as we maintain community values and also serve the educational hopes and dreams for all our children.  We can leverage these strengths during the pandemic to explore unique learning opportunities and support each other.

Our schools prepare young people to excel and thrive in college, careers and life. We have robust preK-8 schools and choices for high school.

During a unique and unprecedented global pandemic, we have to be safe, flexible, nimble and curious.  We must support all facets of our children's educational needs; these vary from child to child.  I will work with our citizens, families, parents, school personnel and the Board to follow our strategic priorities and guide our schools for this coming year and beyond. We have community engagement systems,  a web and social media presence and strive to improve our communication. We seek 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, leveraging technology in the context of physical distancing 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 2020-21 school year successful and inspiring, despite some of the bumps and obstacles we face as a result of our global health crisis.  Our children are our greatest resource, and we will continue to nurture and grow their young minds.

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.