Education Briefs (8/13/09)

Aug. 13, 2009

Williston residents earn Mater Christi awards

Two students from Williston collected awards at Mater Christi School’s Recognition Night earlier this summer. The ceremony honored eighth graders graduating from the private Catholic school in Burlington.

Ellen Sartorelli was one of two students to win the DAR Good Citizenship Award.

She also received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, as did fellow Williston resident David Ro. Twenty-two students from Mater Christi received the Educational Excellence award. A message from President Barack Obama accompanied the President’s Education Award certificates.

Ro was one of several performers at Recognition night, playing a piano solo.

Mater Christi hires assistant principal

Principal Bev Broomhall of Mater Christi School in Burlington announced that Michel Heller became the school’s new assistant principal on Aug. 3.

According to a press release, Heller has eight years of teaching experience and believes, “All children have a natural need to explore, to reflect, to communicate, to dream and to celebrate their successes in all areas of their education.”

Heller has a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies from Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. and a master’s of science degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.

Along with his wife Kim and son Aidan, Heller is moving from North Carolina to live near other family members in the Burlington and Williston area. He looks forward to becoming involved in the Mater Christi and Williston communities.

Mater Christi School draws some students from Williston.

State Education Board chairman to step down

The chairman of the Vermont State Board of Education is stepping down.

Tom James, a retired IBM executive, has served a six-year term on the board and will attend his final monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

James was appointed chairman in February 2005.

He says he is pleased to have participated in the initiation of the transformation of education in Vermont, an effort to ensure all students will be prepared when they graduate from high school to be successful in college, careers and as citizens.

A new chairman will be chosen at the board’s September meeting.

— The Associated Press