Chris Tormey teaches Earth Science and AP Biology at Lamoille Union High School, and has served as chair of the Cabot School Board for the past decade. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and is married to Mary Ann Tormey. They have lived in Cabot since 1990, and have three grown sons who are graduates of Cabot School.
Margaret MacLean lives in Peacham with her husband Bruce and an assortment of animals. She has been an educator for 40 years. Margaret was a principal for 15 years in Vermont and was named Vermont Principal of the Year. Margaret was instrumental in developing the Vermont Rural Partnership, a coalition of 18 rural schools www.vermontruralpartnership.org For 15 years Margaret worked for the Rural School and Community Trust. In this capacity she worked with educators in rural schools throughout the United States. In addition Margaret has taught internationally in 7 countries. Currently Margaret works providing professional development for educators internationally www.teachercollaboration.org
V4SC Steering Committee
Marty Strange served as policy director for the Rural School and Community Trust from 1997 to 2012, a national organization seeking to improve rural schools in high-poverty rural areas nationwide. Most of his work was on rural school governance and finance issues. Marty lives in Randolph, serving on the Boards of the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Randolph Area Community Development Council.
Debra Stoleroff has been an educator for 25 years. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies at UMV and her M.Ed at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She has always taught in small schools first as an elementary teacher and, for the last 15 years as the founder and director of Twinfield Unon School’s Renaissance Program. Renaissance provides opportunities for all Twinfield's high school students to design in-depth, credit-bearing, proficiency-based studies that emerge from individual interests and learning styles. Studies occur within a real-world context and through real-world experiences. Internships, school-to-work opportunities, college courses, community service and/or service learning projects (not part of scheduled classes), school aides, travel abroad, study groups, ILN courses and/or research projects are within the realm of possibilities/options for Renaissance studies.
V4SC: Our Vision
V4SC envisions a Vermont where:
every school is excellent, and every child has real and meaningful opportunities to succeed
Vermont children have equal access to the resources available for education
Vermonters willingly pay for our public school system with a fair, equitable, and adequate financing system that honors the Brigham decision
All Vermonters achieve their full citizenship potential by contributing to our communities and school governance, and keeping our democratic culture strong
We have all reaffirmed our commitment to our public school system and its role in fulfilling our state motto of Freedom and Unity.
Vermonters for Schools and Community (V4SC) is a network of community members—school board members, parents, educators, students, citizens—who believe that schools are at the heart of Vermont’s communities. V4SC serves as an information hub and resource clearinghouse to help like-minded Vermonters stay informed, connected and empowered around issues related to Act 46.
David Schoales has been a member of the Brattleboro Town School Board for nine years. He is in his fifth year serving on the Brattleboro Select Board. David managed the Brattleboro Farmers' Market for three years, and operates a small woodworking business using primarily Vermont hardwoods and cedar. As an educator, David taught high school history for ten years and worked five years as an alternative educator in Burlington, Colchester, and Brattleboro.
Vermonters for Schools and Community
Randall Szott is a writer, chef and former merchant mariner. He has an MFA in Art Critical Practices, an MA in Creative Arts, and an interdisciplinary BA with a minor in philosophy. He has given presentations at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California College of the Arts, the University of Houston, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee among others. His writing, commentary and interviews have been published and cited widely including the recent books Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art and Practice, and Public Servants Art and the Crisis of the Common Good. He recently was invited to participate in a three week National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute: Space, Place and the Humanities. He lives in Barnard, VT.