About Superintendent Jeanné Collins...
I am excited to be part of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union talented faculty, administration and staff which serve the children in the towns of Brandon, Chittenden, Goshen, Leicester, Mendon, Pittsford, Sudbury, and Whiting.
I have lived in Vermont since 1994 and have served as superintendent and special services director over 14 years in Burlington Schools. In Vermont, I have also been special services director and special educator for over six years in Washington West Supervisory Union.
I am passionate about working with teachers, families and community partners to ensure that every child has the tools to succeed at their potential. I am committed to nurturing an educational system that will enable achievement of a comprehensive community vision for character, competence, creativity and community. The RNeSU Compact (https://sites.google.com/a/rnesu.org/rnesu/superintendent-4/goals) which was developed by our communities and schools will continue to be our guiding beacon to help all students succeed and to measure that success along the way.
EXPERIENCE: TEACHING AND LEARNING
I have previous teaching and administrative experience in California, Arizona and Vermont. Having launched alternative schools in Vermont and Arizona public schools, I was fortunate to launch Vermont's first two magnet schools in Vermont, with a focus on the arts and sustainability and a goal of socio-economic integration. With a background in the area of emotional disturbance, I teach as an adjunct profession on crisis prevention and live space counseling focused on changing the behaviors of disruptive students.
I currently live in Shelburne, VT with my children, 2 of whom attend CVUHS and are avid soccer, basketball, and tennis players. My oldest is in college. The two youngest attend school in the Burlington School District, at the Integrated Arts Academy and Edmunds Middle School. Growing up in Indiana, I am the middle child of a journalist/editor and a genealogist and have four siblings who remain in the Midwest and Texas. The greatest influence on my career is my grandmother, also a Jeanné Marie, who "went west" as a young woman in the early 1900s to get her teaching degree at the Colorado Normal School (now the University of Northern Colorado, where I got my masters in education 60 years later). My grandmother taught in the CO mountains in a one room school house for several years before returning to IN to marry her fiance and teach for the rest of her career in that state. Her love of teaching, learning and of kids had a profound affect on me as I grew up and I determined to be a teacher at the ripe age of 7.
I completed my undergraduate work at Purdue University and earned a masters degree at the University of Northern Colorado, along with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from St. Michael's College, VT.
I believe in giving back to the community and serve on several boards and committees, including the American Association of School Administrators, The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators, and hold office in the Vermont Superintendent Association. I also serve on the advisory board of the Children's Pediatric Hospital of Fletcher Allen.