Fitzgerald named ‘Early Childhood Superhero’

Kathleen Fitzgerald
Kathleen Fitzgerald

Observer staff report

Let’s Grow Kids recently announced that Williston resident Kathleen Fitzgerald is among the inaugural group of five Vermonters to be recognized as Early Childhood Superheroes for “going above and beyond to help young children reach their full potential,” according to a press release from the organization.

The selection of Early Childhood Superheroes followed a statewide call for nominations of unsung heroes among educators, child care professionals, parents, grandparents, volunteers, business people, policymakers, civic leaders and clergy. From the nominations, Let’s Grow Kids staff selected five Vermonters from various regions of the state who have demonstrated a commitment to the success of Vermont’s youngest children.

An autism interventionist through Children’s Integrated Services-Early Intervention at Vermont Family Network in Williston, Fitzgerald works with children from birth to age three with autism spectrum disorders. She helps support children to become lifelong, engaged learners. She also works with caregivers and childcare centers to help professionals understand autism so that they can help children achieve their full potential.

The other inaugural Early Childhood Superheroes include Dr. Jody Brakeley of Middlebury, Matthew LeFluer of Alburgh, Samantha Maskell and Monica Stowell.

To nominate an Early Childhood Superhero, visit