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Tuesday Keynote: Dr. Joe Sanfelippo (he/him) spent the last 12 years as the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education, He was named Education Dive Superintendent of the Year in 2019 and presents regularly around the country.
Tuesday Afternoon Keynote & Workshop Presenter: Mercedes de Guardiola (she/her) is the author of “Vermont for the Vermonters”: The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State. A leading expert on Vermont’s eugenics movement, she testified before the state legislature during hearings in the 2020s. Her research examines public policies of child health and welfare, mass institutionalization and deinstitutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College and lives in New York City.
Wednesday Morning Keynote: Dr. Wendi Williams, (she/her) Psychologist, author, Provost and Senior Vice President of Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Williams bridges practical wisdom with scholarly aplomb to make knowledge creation of and about Black women and girls accessible to them. She has worked with Vermont educators over the past several years, helping to lead the Equity Practitioners Network in 2021 and 2022. She has committed decades of her work grounded in the experiences of everyday folx, ensuring that the sense we make of their lives in the halls of academia aligns with who they know and understand of themselves.
Thursday Morning Keynote & Workshop Presenter: Connie Hamilton (she/her) is an education influencer, showcases a diverse career in impactful teaching, school leadership, and authorship. With over two decades of experience, she seamlessly transitioned from teaching to roles as an instructional coach and district administrator. As a principal at both elementary and secondary levels, Connie emphasized innovation and high-quality instruction. Beyond schools, she’s a celebrated author of seven books, sharing insights fostering quality teaching and leadership. Connie’s dynamic presentations challenge traditional views, leaving a lasting impact and inspiring positive change in education.
Workshop Presenter: Caitlin Dallmeyer (she/her) of The Social Institute: Caitlin Dallmeyer has spent the last 15 years in higher education as a teacher, coach, administrator and mentor for collegiate students. She has worked at Duke University, Dickinson College, and most recently Lehigh University. She consistently works with students in grades K-12 through her continued work in youth athletics as a coach and administrator.
Workshop Presenter: Quaron “Q” Pinckney (he/him) is the Head of Athletics for the Burlington School District. Entering his 5th year with the district, 7th as an athletic director, Q has a master’s degree in Athletic Leadership and Administration from Castleton University, and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mike’s where he played basketball and earned a degree in Media Studies and Journalism with minors in marketing and psychology. Originally from the Bronx, New York, he currently resides in Winooski with his life partner, Carly, and their Boston Terrier, Rhubarb, and he still enjoys being active despite his basketball playing days inching closer to being behind him; he also enjoys quality time with family and friends.
Workshop Presenter: Mike Jabour, (he/him) Director of Athletics for South Burlington High and Middle School. Entering his 8th year with the district, and 12th year as an Athletic Director. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree at Castleton University where he played football and earned a degree in Sports Administration. Michael grew up in South Burlington, graduating in 2005. He currently lives in Essex Junction.
Workshop Presenter: Lauren Thomas (she/her) is the Assistant Executive Director at the Vermont Principals’ Association with a focus on athletics and activities. A lifelong athlete, Lauren is dedicated to creating and maintaining safe spaces in extracurricular activities for all students. Lauren is completing a doctorate in Education Leadership through the University of Southern Mississippi where she is focusing on strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate hate speech towards student-athletes in order to create positive experiences for all student-athletes. Prior to joining the VPA, she was an elementary principal at Grand Isle School (Grand Isle, VT), a curriculum, instruction, assessment coordinator in the Teton Valley (Driggs, ID), an assistant principal overseeing athletics and curriculum at Calabasas High School (Calabasas, CA), and a middle and high school social studies teacher and tennis coach in La Quinta, California. Lauren’s first teaching position was in alternative education in her home state of Wisconsin.
Workshop Presenter: Meghan Baule (she/her) is the Director of Communications for the Colchester School District, is a passionate advocate for showcasing the impact of public education. Believing in the transformative power of communication, she connects her community through transparent honesty, positivity, and pride. Drawing on her background as a former emergency services dispatcher, she emphasizes effective crisis communication planning and response in both her daily practice and mentorship with other school communicators. She is the recipient of the 2023-24 National School Public Relations Association Front-Runner Award which identifies emerging leaders in the profession and is the current president of the association’s New England chapter.
Workshop Presenter: Sarah Pickering is the Principal at Arlington Memorial High School. She has been a school administrator for 20 years with experience in PK-12 systems. She was named the Vermont High School Principal of the Year in 2020. Sarah is passionate about systems design and coaching leaders.