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Lussier to Become GMTCC Director

    by Andrew Martin

    HYDE PARK –The Green Mountain Technology and Career Center (GMTCC) will be under new leadership beginning later this summer. July 1, Sherry Lussier will be replacing the departing Joe Teegarden as the Director at GMTCC. Lussier is currently the Assistant Director and Adult Education Coordinator at the tech center.

The students from GMTCC who competed in the 2015 SkillsUSA competitions stand outside the tech center together with their awards and banners. The students took part in competitions around Vermont on April 1 and 2 as part of the SkillsUSA event. GMTCC students did extremely well at the competitions, with eight students finishing first in their respective fields, 16 students finishing second, and five placing in third. The first place finishers and their fields were: Alexis Babcock in Job Skills Demonstration, Nathaniel Chauvin in HVAC, Ian Clark in Customer Service, Cheyenne Draper in Basic Health Care, Allison Kittell in First Aid/CPR, Daniel Machia in Electrical Wiring, Jeremiah Lasher in Auto Service Technology, and Marisa Storto in Motorcycle Maintenance. The eight first place finishers, who hailed from four of the five schools that send students to GMTCCC, will be traveling to Louisville, KY, from June 21 through the 27 to take part in the national SkillsUSA competition.  - Martin photo

    “Sherry has been at her current position here for several years and has enhanced our adult education program while also working well with kids in the area of student discipline,” departing Director Joe Teegarden stated.
    “I have some very big shoes to fill,” Lussier stated, “Joe has been here for 11 years and he has literally built the school… our renovations began right after he arrived.”
    “His integrity and purpose are unquestioned,” she continued, “I hope that I am able to serve as he did.”
    Lussier has worked at GMTCC for the past several years and also has extensive experience as a school counselor. For three of the 20 years that she worked as a counselor she served in that capacity at the Randolph tech center, giving her a total of just over seven years working in tech centers.
    Sherry applied for the director’s position beginning in January and after four rounds of interviews she learned that she had been selected for the position after the meeting of the LUHS board last Tuesday, April 7.
    “We’ve been doing some really exciting things here at GMTCC and I wanted to make sure that the new director didn’t have much of a learning curve,” Lussier explained as to why she applied for the position.
    “We have a lot of new programs and big things on our plates and I want to be able to continue those smoothly,” she added, “and, I love this place.”
    Lussier also explained that the other finalist for the position was GMTCC Guidance Counselor Chris Miller. During the interview process she and Miller discussed how things would work if the other was chosen.
    “Both finalists were in house, and both were very strong candidates,” she stated, adding that she and Miller talked with the other staff at the center as well as with each other and agreed that whoever was chosen – GMTCC would be in good hands.
    “We decided we were still going to be a team and that the Center would be in good hands either way,” she stated, “We were both happy with either choice.”
    “It doesn’t happen that way very often,” Lussier added, “We both received a lot of support from the rest of the staff and I really appreciated that.”
    Along with continuing many of the successful and new programs at GMTCC, Lussier also explained that there are several large state-mandated changes that are quickly approaching that she is looking forward to taking on. The first such change is Act 77, which among other things will require that each student in grades 7-12 in Vermont have a personalized learning plan.
    “That is something we do pretty well at GMTCC and I want to help our sending schools and middle schools implement the changes.”
    The other large change that the Vermont Agency of Education will be implementing in the next few years is the switch to proficiency-based graduation requirements instead of seat-time Carnegie-based grades.
    “We want to help make that transition as smoothly as possible for all the schools that work with us,” she explained.
    “Sherry has gained the confidence of the local business leaders and has a rich history in different public schools as a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal,” Director Teegarden stated.
    “She has the skills and experience to lead the school forward,” he added, “She has a broad array of experience that I believe will make her very successful in this position.”

    Departing Director Joe Teegarden has served in that position at GMTCC for 11 years. He also worked for four years at Hyde Park Elementary School, giving him a total of 15 years working in the school systems in Lamoille County. Joe is not retiring completely when he leaves GMTCC, but is moving forward to focus on more specific areas in the education field.
    “Sometimes it’s just time to move on,” Teegarden stated.
    “I’m not retiring per say and am planning to find other work,” he continued.
    “I think the school is in a really good place and that we have a good reputation in the community,” he stated regarding where GMTCC is today and where it can go moving forward, “We have a very good overall teaching staff that teach some very valuable skills to both secondary students as well as to our adult students.”
    “I think the school is in place to continue to improve,” he added, pointing to new additions at GMTCC such as the new farm the school will operate as examples of potential growth and improvement for the center.


This Week's Photos

Stowe representative Heidi Scheuermann speaks at the legislative breakfast while fellow representatives Avram Patt, Linda Martin, and Mark Woodward look on. The event was held in Morrisville on Monday, April 13 at the Stonegrill Diner beginning at 8 a.m. Along with the elected officials mentioned above other representatives at the breakfast included Lamoille Senator Rich Westman, Morristown/Elmore Representative and Speaker of the House Shap Smith, and Eden Representative Mark Higley. During her remarks Scheuermann discussed topics related to economic development, the Vermont workforce, and education reform. Following remarks by each elected official the floor was opened up for questions from those in attendance.  - Martin photo





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