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July 7, 2015

Dear Champlain Elementary Families,

Thank you for your warm welcome. The end of the school year is inevitably challenging and it is impressive to see how well everyone works together to ensure a smooth shift into summer routines. Now that we are settling in to our fall preparation mode, I am happy to write this letter of introduction.

I have over 13 years of K-12 educational experience. My most recent administrative experience was as interim assistant principal in Charlotte. Prior to that, I served for eight years as a teaching principal at St. Francis Xavier School. I taught in the Gifted and Enrichment Program at Cambridge Elementary, and in the Horizons program here in the Burlington School District. In addition, I have taught Applied Math Concepts, Foundational Math, Foundational Algebra, and Intro to College Studies at Community College of Vermont. Before moving into academia, I spent several years in the corporate arena in curriculum design, training and development, and account and project management. I have an MBA from the University of Vermont, an M.Ed. with a focus on technology from St. Michaelís, and I am enrolled in the University of Vermontís Ed.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies program with a concentration in Social Justice. My area of interest is in addressing socio-economic and mental health issues to ensure educational access for all students.

Champlainís faculty and staff are known for their collaborative relationships with families, area businesses, and other organizations who share a desire to support all students. It is this legacy of partnership that stands out as a true strength. I am delighted to bring my skills as an educational leader to expand educational opportunities for our students.

I want to hear your ideas, suggestions, and concerns. Until August, when our administrative assistant, Heather, returns, e-mail (mhorton at is the best way to reach me. Please send me a note with your thoughts and questions, or to set up a time to chat.

I am pleased to serve as your interim principal. It is an honor to be a member of this exceptional community. I look forward to working with you to make Champlain Elementary even better.

Maria Horton
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