Long Term Guidance Sub: Randy Woodard @Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Apr 23, 2016, 7:07 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 7:15 PM ]

Hi, my name is Randy Woodard.  I am from Westchester, New York but I am currently residing in Wilmington, VT.  I'm married with two children and two rescue dogs.  My son, Timothy, is 15 and loves soccer and skiing.  My daughter, Amanda, is 13 and loves diving and snowboarding.   I enjoy skiing with my family, playing soccer with my son, and biking.

I received my BA in psychology from UMass, Amherst and earned a MS in school counseling from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  I'm excited to join the team at CAES!

New Teacher: Nicki Pfister @Black River High School Middle School and Green Mountain Union High School

posted Feb 24, 2016, 12:46 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 12:46 PM ]

Nicki Pfister is starting at the end of February as a MS/HS Literacy Coach in the TRSU. Vermont has been her home for 36 years and she has been an English Language Arts teacher for 21 years. Nicki enjoys a variety of winter sports and the summers find her hiking and kayaking. She is very pleased to be joining the staff at TRSU.

New Teacher: Jillian Getman @Black River High School Middle School

posted Nov 20, 2015, 10:04 AM by Lauren Baker TR IT

Please welcome Jillian Getman as the new English Teacher (long term sub) starting November 30th at Black River High School/Middle School.   Jillian grew up in Canajoharie,  a small town in up-state NY.  She has been living in Addison county for the past 3 years and is currently arranging to move from Bristol to the Ludlow area with her cat, "Jose' Juan Ponce de Leon".    Jillian enjoys spending time walking in the woods, singing loudly in the car and kayaking or swimming in the summer.     

She is very excited to be working at Black River High School!    Welcome Jillian!

New EEE & SPED Paraprofessional: Anna Sanford @Ludlow Elementary School

posted Nov 15, 2015, 9:09 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Nov 15, 2015, 9:10 PM ]

Anna Sanford is starting in November as a EEE & Special Education Paraeducator at Ludlow Elementary School.  Originally from Ludlow, Anna graduated recently from Castleton State College with her degree in Education.   She lives here in Ludlow with her dog Lucy;  enjoys reading, kayaking, running and baking.

New COTA: Robin Varga @Two Rivers Supervisory Union

posted Nov 15, 2015, 9:09 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 1:09 PM ]

Robin Varga has joined the TRSU family as a COTA.  She has lived in Cavendish with her husband Keith for the past 26 years and they have two adult daughters.   She worked at LES as a para-educator for 3 years where she learned about occupational therapy and how it can help students.  She says she would be the "crazy old dog lady" if her husband would go along with her plan. So for now they just have one Pug. . . .    Welcome Robin!

New Payroll Bookkeeper: Kathlene Martel@Two Rivers Supervisory Union

posted Oct 16, 2015, 7:23 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 1:10 PM ]

Kathlene Martel  - goes by "Kathy" started October 12, 2015 as the new Payroll Bookkeeper here at the Central Office.   Originally from Ludlow, she currently lives in Proctorsville (has for 17 years!).   She lives with her husband Ray, her two daughters, Rachel, age 19 and Sarah, age 17; and a cat named "Belle".     Kathy enjoys skiing, golf, camping and Kyaking.   If you run into her, please make her welcome!

New SPED Paraprofessional: Susan Whittemore@Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Oct 9, 2015, 1:40 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 1:11 PM ]

I have lived in Vermont for 32 years.  I was an Educator in the Springfield School System, currently retired, yet always teaching.    Though my parents are native Vermonters, my father was in the Air Force so I was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming – also lived in Illinois and Texas.

I have 5 grown children and 13 grandchildren.   My husband and I also have black labs.  I teach Sunday school, love playing piano and the organ, quilting and scrapbooking when time allows.  Love to read mysteries and historical fiction.

I am looking forward to working in the Chester Andover Elementary School.

New Mental Health Clinician: Cortney Slobodnjak@Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:10 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT

Hi there! 

I am excited to say that I am the Mental Health Clinician here at CAES. Although I have been a part of the CAES community for many years, the 2015 school year marks my first year as a member of the professional staff here. It feels as though it is exactly where I am intended to be! I love the creative learning that happens here, I love the kids, and I love working with the innovative and intelligent staff!

I am originally from Colorado, but I have lived everywhere and I am glad to call Vermont my home. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. My early academic work focused on Elementary Education, Business and Child Development. I love to learn about the brain, things that are unexplained, and synchronicity. I have experience in using mindfulness and meditation to help people calm anxieties and reduce stress. I dream of someday opening a nature and wilderness-based wellness center to bring the outdoors "within" and help people heal with adventure and nature combined.


Here at CAES I will be providing counseling for children as well as facilitating some groups and other learning around mental health and wellbeing. This also is my third year coaching the 5th and 6th grade girls soccer team.

I love the ocean, art, LIVE music, my family, dancing, painting, reading, the outdoors, rollerblading, al things magical, camping, people and adventures! I can’t wait to see you! :) 

New Teacher: Laurie Birmingham@Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Sep 1, 2015, 12:41 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

Hi! My name is Laurie Birmingham and I am thrilled to be working at Chester Andover Elementary school after taking 10 years off to raise a family.  Before children I earned a BS in Elementary Education from Oswego State.  While teaching grades 5/6 in Grafton, Vermont I earned a Masters through the Vermont Mathematics Initiative at the University of Vermont.  After completing VMI I knew I wanted to focus my energies on just teaching math.  

At CAES I will be working as a math interventionist.  My job is to provide Tier 2 instruction in the area of mathematics.  This means I provide targeted intervention to students in addition to their regular math instruction.  I pull small groups of students and work with them in my classroom out in the “White House”.  I may also push into their classroom to help out as well.  In addition to intervention groups I will be teaching Everyday Mathematics to a group of 3rd graders. 

New Teacher: Kimberly Farrar@Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Sep 1, 2015, 12:20 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 12:23 PM ]

My name is Kimberly Farrar, but over the years I have happily become "Mrs. Kim" to my students and their families!  I am a Chester, VT native who learned to read right here at Chester Andover Elementary and now I am so excited to return to my roots and have the opportunity to help children on their journey to become wonderful readers! I attended Trinity College in Burlington, VT, married Alan Farrar who grew up on Crow Hill Farm, and then finished my Bachelor of Science degree at the College of St. Joseph with a dual degree in both elementary education and special education. I have taught in Bellows Falls Middle School, Springfield High School (ODP), Elm HIll Primary School and many will remember the decade during which Buckle My Shoe Preschool provided an early childhood education to so many of the sweet children of Chester and nearby towns!  It was during those years Alan and I raised our four children, Nathan, Kaleigh, Abbey and Tessa who also have wonderful memories of school at CAES! I also have three incredible granddaughters, Lacey, Madeline and Skylar who I read to at every opportunity!

I am an animal rescue advocate and have rescued many dogs and cats by adding them to our family.  I love traveling with Alan and exploring the USA!  It's always nice to come home though, where my goats, chickens, dogs and cats are waiting for me on my little farm and now, especially coming home to teach right here in my home town!

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