Mrs. Carol Alfred
Carol has taught Spanish at Mt. Mansfield Union High School (CESU) for 28 years. She has also taught English, Reading & SAT Prep. She earned a Reading Teacher Certificate and an M. Ed at St. Michael’s College. Carol is a past recipient of UVM’s Outstanding Teacher award. She is one of three initial trainers for Vermont-NEA (starting in 2002) & has participated in all of its training offerings. She has also mentored new teachers in her district using the Pathwise Framework for almost 10 years. Carol is currently serving as Secretary of her local association, Green Mountain NEA.
Ms. Kathy Buley
Kathy has been a teacher in the South Burlington School system for over 30 years. She has taught in each of the elementary schools, and has taught kindergarten through third grade. Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston, and her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Kathy has participated in a number of Mentor Teacher training programs, including the Pathwise program. Kathy has also been trained in bullying/harassment prevention, Inner Resilience, and the NEA I Can Do It!, and C.A.R.E. training. She has been a president of the South Burlington Educators’ Association for over twenty years. Kathy is a past recipient of a UVM Outstanding Teacher award, and was the 2004 recipient of the Vermont-NEA Award for Teaching Excellence. She is also co-chair of the Vermont-NEA Professional Development Committee.
Mrs. Allyson Coburn
Allyson has 20 years of teaching experience. She is currently teaching third grade at Blue Mountain Union School. Allyson is working on obtaining a master's degree from Lesley University and is a National Board Certified teacher. She serves on her school’s Local Standards Board and is a trainer for the PathWise mentoring program.
Mrs. Joy Conley-Kacik
Joy is a partner in Kacik Consulting Services, LLC and brings a rich background in organizational development, training and negotiations.
She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with major concentrations in Labor Relations and Marketing and minors in Economics and Management. Joy worked for two years as an Associate Personnel Representative with the National Supply Co. division of Armco Steel Corporation. For 28 years she served as a UniServ Representative with the Pennsylvania State Education Association, five of which as the Regional Field Director for PSEA’s Midwestern Region.
Joy has extensive experience in labor negotiations, grievance administration, arbitration, leadership development, strategic planning, group facilitation, and training design and delivery.
As an Insights® Discovery licensed practitioner, she brings to clients the added value of Insights® Discovery tools when working with individuals, teams, leaders and whole organizations to create inspiring visions and better climate and relationships as foundations for higher achievement.
Joy has served as a trainer for an employee coaching program and designed and facilitated numerous programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, including such programs as Values-Based Goal Achievement Through Time Management, Mastering Your Thinking for Lifetime Success, Principles of Team Building, Understanding Personality Styles and Assert Yourself.
Joy’s personal mission is making a positive difference in people’s lives. She has continued self-directed and mentored learning in the areas of organizational and personal development. She has designed and facilitated a multitude of organizational interventions and strategic planning initiatives, and designed professional development programs throughout the United States. She also partnered with ThoughtBridge, LLC in the design and delivery of the successful bid for a large government agency desiring to change its organizational culture.
Ms. Maggie Eaton
Maggie is a middle school teacher and curriculum coordinator at U-32 Middle/High School. She earned her M.Ed from the University of Vermont in 1978 as a Vermont graduate intern in the National Teacher Corps. Maggie has taught for 28 years in New York City and Vermont schools. She received her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts in November of 2001.
Mrs. Karen Heath
Karen Heath has been an educator since 1983, when she graduated from Middlebury College. She holds a masters degree in interdisciplinary education from UVM. She began her career working with struggling preschoolers and teenagers in the San Francisco area. From there, she went to Boston where she taught high school aged students who had dropped out of the public school system due to desegregation issues. She returned to Vermont in 1986 and began the work of starting up the Maple Hill School in Plainfield, where she taught and encouraged 7th -12th graders who needed an alternative to traditional education. In 1999, Karen joined the public school system to start up and run an accelerated language arts program for the Barre City School system. During this time, she was named 2005 Vermont Teacher of the Year. Since 2005, Karen has served as the district literacy specialist for the Barre Supervisory Union. She teachers courses and runs workshops around the state on various literacy topics.
Mr. Jay Hoffman
A recipient of the National Cable & Telecommunications Industry “Leaders in Learning” award, Jay has been teaching via project based learning for over 20yrs. He holds the honor of Vermont’s “Teacher of the Year”, in his field, as well as “Curriculum of the Year”. Jay is a well-accomplished veteran with an Advanced degree in Public School Administration and Supervision, a Master in Elementary N-6, and a Bachelor in 7-12 Technology. He has served as an Adjunct Professor for UVM, a Teacher Mentor in his school district, and is Board Chair for a local public Television- RETN ch.16. He and his unique “Student Lead News Team” are sought after conference presenters throughout New England. C-Span Cable in Washington, DC has honored his students for high achievement.
Ms. Beth Loiselle
Beth has 31 years of teaching experience in grades pre-k through 3rd. She has also been a Remedial Reading teacher at the primary level. For the past 20 years she has teamed taught a multi-age classroom at St. Albans Town Educational Center, her present levels are 1st and 2nd grades. She has been a mentor in the Pathwise Framework Induction Program for the past 13 years, and is also a state trainer for Pathwise Mentors. Beth received her M.Ed in Reading and Language Arts from the University of Vermont.
Ms. Nancy Perkins
Nancy is a Reading Recovery and Title I Reading Teacher at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, is in her 25th year of teaching. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, as well as her M. Ed. in Reading/Language Arts from the University of Vermont. She is a past recipient of a UVM Outstanding Teacher Award and achieved National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2000. Nancy is a state PATHWISE Trainer and has mentored new teachers in her building. She presently serves on the Professional Development Committee in her school and on the Vermont-NEA Teaching and Learning Steering Committee.
Ms. Linda Radtke
Linda is a member of Vermont-NEA, has taught all levels of high school English in her 30 years of teaching, from advanced placement to basic literacy. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University, she has two masters degrees -- in education and English -- from UVM, and has trained many student teachers. Linda began her teaching career at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, and has spent the rest of the time at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont, where she also heads the drama program. She feels that the most important components of a good teacher are organization and enthusiasm, as well as a genuine liking for kids.
Ms. Terri Vest
Terri migrated from the South to Vermont in 1986. Since then, she has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She is currently teaching 9-12 mixed-grade classes in English and social studies at Twinfield Union School. Terri holds a BSE in English and an MSE in Psychology from Arkansas State University and an MA in English and an M.Litt. in Shakespeare from Middlebury College; she is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has been trained by the NEA to deliver workshops in preparing candidates for both Praxis I and Praxis II testing. As a committee chair and later Vice-President of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators, Terri is committed to preparing new teachers as fully as possible before they enter the classroom.
Ms. Donna Waelter
Donna started teaching in 1983 in New York City. After coming to Vermont in 1985 Donna taught elementary grades until 1988. After a hiatus as a stay-at-home Mom, Donna received certification as a Special Educator in 1999. She has been teaching elementary and middle school children since then. Long involved in social justice issues and community service, Donna is starting her third year as President of the Blue Mountain Education Association in Wells River, Vermont. She has two great children, a husband, and lots of gardens.