369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461

Office Phone: (802) 482-7115 | Office Fax: (802) 482-7135

Director, Special Services Dept.

Anna Couperthwait

Anna is the Director of Special Services at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. She graduated from CVU in 1988 and liked it so much she returned, first as a special educator and then as an administrator. Anna received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Vermont and her Master's degree in Special Education from Lesley College. Her professional experience includes being a 1st and 2nd grade classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, and a special educator at every grade level. She's been lucky enough to teach in a variety of places, including the suburbs of Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, but is happy to be settled back in Vermont. Anna is a strong advocate of inclusion and the idea that ALL students belong to ALL of us. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntington. When she is not working, you can find her cheering on her girls at ski races, traveling, or spending time outdoors.

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne Curtis

Suzanne is an Administrative Assistant in the Special Services office at CVU. She has worked at CVU since 2007, first as a para-educator and program assistant, and then in her role in the office since July 2011. Suzanne earned her Bachelor's from Saint Michael’s College. She resides in South Burlington with her husband and two young sons. She spends most of her time enjoying her family and chasing her boys around, and she also enjoys gardening, singing, photography, and reading.

Administrative Assistant

Meghan Tatro

Hello, my name is Meghan and I began working at CVU High School in 2010 as a non-intensive para. Each year after, I've taken on additional responsibilities within the Special Services Department as an intensive para, program assistant, and now a full-time administrative assistant. I completed my undergraduate work at Saint Michael's College with a Bachelor's in Psychology and graduate work at Johnson State College with a Master's in School Counseling. My husband, toddler son, and I live in Huntington with our dog, where we've built our home and family business.

Special Educator, Transition Coordinator

Alison Booth

Hello! My name is Alison Book and I have been a Special Educator in Vermont since 2016. I grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended the University of Vermont (UVM), where I studied Elementary and Special Education. I am currently enrolled in a Master's program at UVM for Special Education, with a focus on complex disabilities and consulting teaching. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding and traveling.

Special Educator, Off-Campus Liaison

Cari Causey

Hello, my name is Cari Causey and I am the Off-Campus/Out-of-District Special Educator for CVU. I spend most of my day in the Life Program working with CVU students. I received a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Psychology, and Elementary Education from Gordon College and a Master's in Special Education from George Mason University. I spent 5 years teaching students with mild cognitive impairments in Virginia and moved back to New England in 2006 where I have been teaching at Champlain Valley Union High School ever since. In addition to this I coach cross-country at CVU. I spend most of my free time running, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

Special Educator, Nichols House (Longterm Subsitute)

Rachel Cleary

Hi there! My name is Rachel and I’m one of the 9th grade Special Educators this year! I started my career as an Interventionist, then began working as a Special Educator in 2020. I’m a life-long Vermonter, growing up in Colchester. I attended Champlain College for my undergraduate degree in Education, then The University of Vermont for my Masters degree in Special Education. When I’m not at work, you can find me exploring with my dog Scout, or enjoying a cup of coffee with a book. I love working with high school students, and am excited to be a part of the CVU community!

Special Educator, Fairbanks House

Greg Conk

Greg Conk is a high school educator who has been at CVU on the Fairbanks Team since 2014. He is a special education teacher and has been teaching for over 16 years in middle school and high school settings. Additionally, Greg is the JV-B Girls Lacrosse Coach, an advisor, and a part of many school committees.

Special Educator, Essentials In-House Program

Tom Daily

I have been a special educator for over 13 years and began working at CVU in 2017. I live in South Burlington with my wife and two children. I enjoy time with my family and friends, mountain biking, snowboarding, and being outside.

Special Educator, Snelling House

Marie DiBenedetto

Hello there! My name is Marie and I'm honored to be the 9th Grade Special Educator on the Snelling Core team. I started at CVU in 2020 after spending 5 years at the Centerpoint School, a therapeutic placement in Winooski. Before my journey in Special Ed began I worked as an Environmental Educator for over 10 years, connecting students to the natural world. In 2018, after becoming a licensed science teacher, I decided to pursue my Special Ed license with the VT Higher Education Collaborative. My goal as a teacher is to help students harness their own strengths and share their gifts with our community. Teenagers have so much to offer and I am delighted to spend my days helping all students find success at school. In my free time I enjoy cooking delicious food, hiking, skiing, knitting and nerding out about the flora and fauna of VT.

Special Educator, Reading Teacher

Diantha Francis

Hello! My name is Diantha Francis. I am a Special Educator/Case Manager at Champlain Valley Union High School and I specialize in literacy and science. I have found that there is nothing more rewarding then helping youth gain the skills they need to attain their goals. I reside in Hinesburg on a small farm with my teacher husband and three children. On our farm we breed Kiko Goats, grow vegetables, and raise pigs, donkeys, and guinea fowl. The proximity of our farm to CVU has afforded opportunities to students for community-based sustainability experiences.

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Francisco

Special Educator, Grades 10-12

Jaime Fries

Jaime Fries has worked as a special educator with the Champlain Valley School District since 2005. Currently, she case manages and teaches students in the 10th - 12th grades at Champlain Valley Union High School. Her role at CVU includes providing 1:1 and small group instruction across content areas, collaboratively teaching sections of Algebra 1 and 10th grade Humanities, conducting student assessments/evaluations, and consulting with classroom teachers. When she is not at school, Jaime enjoys spending time with her family, reading, sewing, playing the ukulele, and having fun outside.

504 Coordinator

Jackie Fuller

Jacqueline Fuller, licensed special educator and now 504 coordinator, is a lifelong learner who continues to refine her craft by attending classes at various Vermont colleges and universities. She has been teaching at CVUHS since 2007.

Special Educator, Grades 10-12 (Longterm Substitute)

Elizabeth Green

Special Educator, Grades 10-12

Trish Healy

Hello, my name is Trish Healy. I have enjoyed supporting students within the field of education for the duration of my professional career. I was initially a career and educational advisor for high school students, then taught elementary through middle school. While teaching, I obtained a graduate degree in Special Education and am currently case managing 10th -12th grade students. In my current position, I provide 1:1 and small group instruction across the content areas, collaborate with teachers within an Algebra and Humanities class and support students with their post secondary goals and interests. On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, biking, swimming and skiing.

Special Educator, Chittenden House

Jessica Hoskins

Jessica Hoskins has worked at CVU since 2009, first as a paraeducator and then as a special educator starting in 2014. She graduated from St. Michael's College in 2009 with a degree in history and education, and earned her Master's degree in Special Education from St. Michael's in 2017. She lives in Jericho with her husband and daughter.

Special Educator, Community Skills Program

Daniel Lyons

Daniel is a Special Educator in the Community Skills program. He has worked in the special education and social work fields for over 20 years. Daniel enjoys helping students find success in the academic community and exploring areas of interest. Outside of school, he loves to be active, to be outside, to learn, and to be with his wife and children.

504 Coordinator

Alex Matteo

Hello! My name is Alex Matteo. I grew up in Connecticut and attended Saint Michael's College, where I received my Bachelor's Degrees in Secondary Education and Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Special Education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, skiing, and sitting on the beach.

Special Educator, Grades 10-12

Hannah Morrison

Speech Language Pathologist

Janelle Moynihan

Janelle is a Speech-Language Pathologist at CVU. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and a Master's Degree from Cal State East Bay. She was fortunate to work and learn for nine years at a remarkable school for children with complex communication needs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has clinical expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, and emerging communicators. Janelle is happy to be raising her family back in New England, and thrilled to have found an enthusiastic and supportive community of faculty and administration, where she can work creatively to help students develop as effective communicators with authentic stories to tell.

Special Educator, Intensive Special Needs

Anne Muessel

Anne is a special educator for students with intensive needs at CVU. She earned her undergraduate degree in Earth Science Secondary Education from the University of Vermont. Shortly after, Anne began working as an intensive needs paraeducator at CVU. While earning her graduate degree in Special Education from Saint Michaels University, she worked as a special educator for intensive needs students at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton Vermont. In the fall of 2018, Anne returned to CVU in her current role. When not in school Anne enjoys swimming (sometimes teaching it), skiing, reading, and walking her dog.

Speech Language Pathologist

Karen Rodgers

Karen Rodgers, M.A., CCC/SLP, graduated from Temple University in 2004 with a Certificate of Distinction in Communication Sciences for completion of quality research projects focusing on Childhood Development and Communication Skills. She has over 14 years of experience working in a variety of settings including schools, professional learning, outpatient services and private practice. She resides in Shelburne with her husband, twin boys and Border Collie. As a family they enjoy being in and taking care of nature, experimenting new recipes and anything Harry Potter.

Special Educator, Intensive Special Needs

Mary Stearns

Mary Stearns has been a special educator at CVU for 20 years. She earned her Bachelor's from Trinity College and her Master's in Intensive Needs Special Education at the University of Vermont. Mary enjoys helping students see their potential and advocate for themselves. When not working, Mary enjoys travel, being outdoors, and spending time with family.

Special Educator, Essentials In-House Program

Jenn Stevens

Hello, my name is Jenn and I have been an educator for over 20 years and have been at CVU for 7 of those years. I grew up in upstate New York and attended college in Keene, NH. I spent several years after college leading backpacking trips in the White Mountains and once lived in a tent for 11 months! After attending grad school at Antioch University, I taught middle school math and science for 5 years. After my son was born in 2008, I worked for a few years doing direct instruction at the Stern Center. Since being at CVU I have been a case manager and a classroom teacher. I have taught a variety of flexibly designed courses to help all students grow academically. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my son and dog. We love to hike, ski, mountain bike, paddle board, and travel.

CVSD School Psychologist

Miriam Stoll

Hello, my name is Miriam Stoll and I am a licensed clinical and school psychologist. At CVU I work with educational support teams to evaluate student needs and recommend accommodations and supports to help students succeed and meet their academic and personal goals. When I am not working I enjoy skiing, yoga, reading and spending time with my children who are now young adults.