“I am committed to leading programs at Woodstock from good to great, and to guide programs that are already great to be among the best in the nation. To provide structure and guidance for initiatives that support WUHSMS in being the school it wants to be—a place where students love to learn, where their educational needs are met, and a place where their goals are realized.”
Heather joins WUHSMS this year as the associate principal after 13 years at Bergen County Academies in northern New Jersey, where she was a member of the BCA Leadership Team as a lead teacher and program manager. There she honed her supervisory, community outreach, and educational program management skills. “People want greater communication and designing a communication plan is high on my priority list. I plan to use multiple platforms to communicate and build community partnerships.”
Raised in Western Massachusetts, the associate principal will lead the middle school program (grades 7-8) as a “school within a school” and lead it as an educational program rather than a separate entity. Areas of focus include personalized learning, Flexible Pathways and the middle school program plus 9th grade, faculty and staff, student supports, personalized learning plans for students, and education options including work-based learning, dual college enrollment opportunities, and access to career and technical education. “We want to meet the needs of every student where they are—providing extra support, work-based learning, special education, gifted and talented resources—we are dedicated to providing personalized educational opportunities for every learner.”
She believes the future of effective education is personalized education for every student and building on proficiency-based assessment. For example, a student must write a paper for an assignment. “Rather than saying, ‘You’re going to write about To Kill a Mockingbird,’ find out what students are individually interested in and encourage them to write on that topic instead. Our goal is to provide individualized learning plans and opportunities for every student to engage.”
Southern New Hampshire University—B.A. English; Montclair State University, New Jersey—Masters in Educational Leadership; New Jersey City University—Masters in Educational Technology
Favorite Food: Chocolate covered almonds
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Summer or Winter? All four seasons. If I had to choose, I’d go with summer. But I am a skier, too.
Favorite Things to Do When You’re Not Working: Garden, hike, cycle, and visit farmer’s markets.
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Woodstock, Vermont 05091
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