Thursday October 26, 2017
The Snelling Center for Government announced that Meagan Roy and Paul Yoon have been accepted into the Vermont School Leadership Project’s Class of 2018. The Snelling Center for Government, a nonprofit organization, created the Vermont Leadership Institute in 1995 to give participants the information, tools, and inspiration to make greater contributions to their organizations, to their communities, and to Vermont. Roy and Yoon join 23 other educators from across the state in the program, which offers intensive professional development for superintendents, principals, curriculum and special education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities.
Roy, a South Burlington resident, has been an educator in Vermont since 2002. She is in her seventh year as the director of student support services for the Champlain Valley School District (CVSD), where she oversees special education and other student support services. Prior to CVSD, she was a special education administrator and intensive needs special educator for the Milton Town School District.
“I feel very fortunate to be a member of the Snelling cohort. We have the opportunity to learn from some of the most well-respected educational leaders in Vermont, both from our facilitators and fellow participants. This opportunity for deep learning is, I believe, unmatched in other professional learning experiences I’ve been a part of,” says Roy.
Yoon, a resident of Essex Junction, is assistant principal at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. Yoon’s education includes a B.A. from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education History from Boston College, and a M.Ed. in Administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He says, “I’m grateful to the South Burlington School District and particularly Superintendent Young for supporting me as I participate in this project.”
Yoon describes the Snelling leadership project as building “the capacity of school leaders across the state and to encourage system-wide change in the education sector via these leaders.” He adds, “I believe this program is meaningful because our schools and our communities need hard working, dedicated, wise, emotionally intelligent, and culturally proficient (to name but a few important qualities) school leaders at every level of the sector and the program hopes to cultivate these qualities in the people who go through the project.”
The class of 2018 embarked on their leadership journey in July with their second session later this month. They will continue to meet at Lake Morey Resort over the next 13 months for a total of seven overnight sessions with 17 seminar days.
Through theoretical discussions, experiential activities and personal reflection, Roy and Yoon, along with the other educators in the program, will consider concepts related to education systems, organizational change and leadership. During their second year of the program, associates will apply and integrate new information through a transformation initiative conducted within their schools. The class of 2018 is the 13th class since the Vermont Leadership School Project was founded in 1995. Upon completion of the program in November 2018, Roy and Yoon will join close to 250 graduates who are making a difference in Vermont’s schools.
“Although it is early in the program - we just finished our first session in July and the second session is coming up in October, it’s already clear that Snelling is a unique opportunity to reflect on our work as leaders and learn from our colleagues. For me, this colleagueship and opportunity to learn from others is the most beneficial component. I look forward to connecting this learning with my own work in education,” says Roy.
Yoon concurs and adds, “I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn with and from so many hard working, passionate educators.”