• Professional Learning & Support Committee (PL&S)

    Established, May 2013


    The VPA Professional Learning and Support Committee is one of three standing committees that support the members of the Vermont Principals’ Association. The purpose of this committee is to provide and promote high quality professional learning relevant to Vermont school leaders. Examples of our work:

    • Direct and organize the development of the annual VPA Leadership Academy
    • Develop an integrated set of professional development opportunities around the issue of Equity
    • Support and expand opportunities for school leader networking
    • Mentor new school leaders
    • Maintain a leadership resource library for VPA members
    • Annually survey school leaders about their professional development needs and interests


    In 2013, three VPA Executive Council members moved from the EC to this committee to get things up and running. They were Laurie Singer, now retired from AD Lawton Middle School in Essex, Bonnie Johnson-Aten of the Burlington School District, and Madeline Young, retired from Highgate Elementary School.

    PL&S Committee Policy and Procedures


    By policy, this committee shall have eleven members, elected by the school membership at the annual meeting. The committee will be facilitated by the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Development Coordinator. The membership of the committee shall represent the state of Vermont geographically, by grade configuration (elementary, middle and high school) and by gender. Members serve a three-year term, beginning at the September committee meeting, and have the option to renew for a second three-year term. In cases of vacancies, the VPA’s Executive Council will appoint a representative to complete the year (ending at the August meeting).


    The PL&S Committee will meet a minimum of five times during the school year, at least two of which will be in person with the remaining meetings can be held electronically. At the August PL&S Committee meeting (at the Academy), the committee will elect a chairperson, or co-chairs. The chair(s) will work with the committee members and the Development Coordinator to develop a meeting schedule before September 1st of each school year. Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes will be posted on the VPA website.

    2017 – 2018 Meeting dates:

    1. August 4th, 2017 – at the Leadership Academy
    2. September 26th, 2017, 9 to 12 – Montpelier High School
    3. November 17th, 2017, 8:30 – 10 am – conference call
    4. January 26th, 2018, 8:30 to 10:0 am – conference call
    5. Mar 14th, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 pm – South Burlington High School
    6. May 5th, 2018, 9:30 - 11:30 – Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
    7. August 3rd, 2018 – at the Leadership Academy

    2017 – 2018 Professional Learning & Support Committee Members 

    Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Principal Supervisor at Burlington School District, Co-Chair

    Angela Stebbins, Principal at St. Albans Town Educational Center, Co-Chair 

    Jim Avery, Principal, Otter Valley Union High School, Brandon

    Brett Blanchard, Principal at Fair Haven Union High School 

    Larry Fliegelman, Principal at Brownington Central School  

    Mike McRaith, Principal at Montpelier High School

    Amy Mellencamp, retired Principal, Burlington School District

    Jeff Renard, Director of the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative

    Holly Rouelle, Principal at Chamberlin School, South Burlington

    John Tague, Principal at Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax

    Jacquelyn Tolman, Director of Curriculum & Supervision, Barre Supervisory Union

    If you are interested in being considered for membership on the Professional Learning & Support Committee

    for the Aug, 2018 - Aug, 2021 term, please submit an application.

    VPA Representatives:

    Peter Evans, VPA Mentor Coordinator 

    Jay Nichols, VPA Executive Director

    Linda Wheatley, VPA Development (and Committee) Coordinator