Why Be a Principal?

If you’ve ever wondered if becoming a principal is in your career trajectory, now is the time to act. There is a dramatic shortage of school principals in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Principal and assistant principal positions appear on the Vermont and New Hampshire departments of education “critical shortage lists.” According to the Bureau […]

Teaching Keeps This Career Changer “In the Moment”

Meghan Oliver didn’t always want to be a teacher. But her passion for wildlife and experience working with wild birds and recommending books to children helped her realize that teaching was a perfect fit. Her career path, she said, has been “anything but linear.” When Meghan graduated from college with the dream of pursuing journalism, […]

Congratulations, Kate Leathe!

Principal Candidate, Kate Leathe, ’19, has been hired to be Fair Haven Union High School’s assistant principal next school year. Congratulations, Kate! Kate reflects on what brings her to leadership: I have spent my career at Fair Haven Union High School (FHUHS) in several roles. I worked for two years as our Section 504 Coordinator […]

Faculty 2018 Summer Reading List

The summer months, with more daylight hours and the promise of rejuvenation for weary teachers, provide a perfect opportunity to read deeply. UVEI faculty members share their summer reading lists , pulling from the worlds of history, science, leadership, and national trends to inform their work with novice teachers, experienced educators, teacher leaders, and principals. […]


As I prepare to embark on my new journey from being a math teacher at Williamstown Middle High School in Vermont to become the principal of Barre City Elementary School in Vermont, there are times when I ask myself, “What am I getting myself into?” Those thoughts are usually pushed out of the way when […]

Professional Education at UVGSE

As a classroom teacher and instructional leader, I LOVED professional development workshops. Generally, this meant a trip somewhere for a day or more, soaking up the latest trend in education with a room full of like-minded educators. The energy in the room was palpable. I would leave those workshops full of energy and ideas. However, […]