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With more than 10 years experience in Educational Administration, I have a proven track record of innovation and success developing policy in many areas -- accreditation, strategic planning, efficiency and budgeting. In policy development, I look for common interests among different constituencies in order to come to a collective “yes” based on the best factual evidence available.  

Presently, I lead the IMPACCT Academy in Keene, New Hampshire. This partnership between Granite State Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation provides an innovative model of transition for “at-risk” high school students. Students who have been “turned off” by public education develop their resume and learn needed skills and qualities — interviewing, work ethic, communication, problem solving. We help students recognize their own abilities, set reachable goals, and get excited about their transition into the workforce. We have an economy which needs all of our citizens, even the ones the “educational experts” want to leave behind.

My career as an educator began in 1988, working with marginalized students at the Community High School. For 14 years, I served on the faculty of Landmark College in Putney, specializing in adult literacy. I have also taught at the Union Institute and University, Smith College, Springfield High School, and Kindle Farm School in Newfane. I  have a track record of innovation and engagement, making a positive difference in people’s lives.  

My own education includes a B.A. in Education from Norwich University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Goddard College. I have two children, Nicholas and Lucy, ages 18 and 13. I play guitar in bands, including Debbie and The Downers, a Country/Eastern Band with Deborahanne Mayer — my beloved partner. 

Temperamentally, I am not afraid to stand up to the loud, the ill informed, or the unreasonably disgruntled in order to defend the rights of those who are quietly doing their best. I believe my background managing unruly and angry teenagers is good preparation for coping with the House Republican Caucus.


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