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May 13, 2015

The Burlington School District welcomes Maria Horton as she prepares to take on her new role as Interim Principal at Champlain Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year. Maria has 11 years of elementary teaching experience, three of which were as a Gifted and Talented Teacher. She has served as a co-principal at a parochial school and as an interim assistant principal. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont. Prior to getting into teaching, she earned an MBA and worked for a while in the private sector. She is currently teaching in our Horizons Program and is enrolled in a doctoral program at UVM in the area of Leadership and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Social Justice. Her area of interest is in addressing socioeconomic and mental health issues in order to ensure access for all students to a full range of educational opportunities.†
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May 19, 2015
Dear Families,

We have been busy with a variety of school interview teams and had the following new hires approved at the May 12th school board meeting: Interim Principal- Maria Horton- Maria has 11 years of elementary teaching experience, 3 of which were as a Gifted and Talented teacher.† She has served as a co-principal at a parochial school and as an interim assistant principal in Charlotte.† She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont.† Prior to getting into teaching, she earned an MBA and worked for a while in the private sector.† She is currently teaching math in the BSD Horizons program and she is enrolled in a doctoral program at UVM in the area of Leadership and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Social Justice.† Her area of interest is in addressing socio-economic and mental health issues in order to ensure access for all students to a full range of educational opportunities.†I am beginning to work with Maria to orient her to the new job. As a part of my consulting work with the BSD I will continue to meet with her regularly throughout the summer and next year to support a seamless and successful transition.

Kindergarten Teacher-Kathryn (Katie) Paige-Katie has been a long term substitute this year at Edmunds Elementary School and prior to this was an English Language Learner teacher in Santiago, Chile. She comes to us with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Human Development and Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont. She is pursuing her graduate degree in special education at UVM as well. Katie is beginning to work with our current Kindergarten team and will collaborate with her colleagues during the June inservice and throughout the summer.

Grade One Teacher-Brooke King- Brooke has been a teacher at the Sustainability Academy for the past seven years. Prior to SA she worked as a teacher at Bristol Elementary and Edmunds. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education and English Language Learners. She is currently enrolled in the graduate program at Saint Michaelís College for school leadership. Brooke has already begun to collaborate with her grade one colleague at Champlain and plans on connecting with them during the June in-service and throughout the summer as well.

Grade Two Teacher- Sarah LeGault- Sarah has been a part time grade four teacher for us this year at Champlain. Prior to Champlain she taught at Winooski Elementary School for six years. She comes to us with a bachelorís degree in Business and Economics as well as a masterís degree in Education from the State University of New York. We are so pleased that Sarah will be full time at Champlain next year. She has already been connecting with her grade two colleagues and they are excited to become a new team next year.

Special Educator-Tiffany Hotte- Tiffany has been a special educator in New York City as well as in Burlington at the Sustainability Academy. Her undergraduate degree was in legal studies and journalism from Saint Johnís University in New York. Additionally, she has earned a masterís of science in education and special education from City University of New York-Queens College. Tiffany is taking the place of our special educator, Laura Nugent, who is moving on to BHS. Tiffany has begun to collaborate with the Champlain special educators attending team meetings, student transition meetings, and the recent K Treasure Hunt.

I will continue to keep you informed of new staff as we finish the hiring process for the year. This is the last newsletter until June 2nd due to the long weekend and Memorial Day holiday.†

Sincerely, Leslie
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