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Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe

Photo credit: Jeb Wallace Brodeur

Rebecca Holcombe joined the Agency of Education in January 2014. Prior to joining the Agency, Rebecca taught at the middle school, high school and university levels. She taught social studies and science before becoming the principal at the Fairlee School. While at Fairlee, she helped lead the district through the formation of the Rivendell Interstate School District.

Rebecca researched issues related to high stakes testing and worked on projects related to organizational learning, school leadership and principal development while pursuing her doctorate at Harvard. More recently, as Director of Dartmouth College's Teacher Education Program, she worked with pre-service teachers and taught a course on Education Politics and Policy. Rebecca holds a BA in History from Brown University, a MBA from the Simmons School of Management and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently working on her Doctorate. Rebecca also completed coursework for her principal certification at Lyndon State College and received her preparation as a teacher at the Upper Valley Educators Institute.

After a decade away from Vermont, Rebecca was thrilled to move back and place her two children in Vermont schools a few years ago. She appreciates the high levels of public involvement and debate about how to improve education for our children that characterize Vermont schools.


The State Board and Agency of Education provide leadership, support and oversight to ensure that the Vermont public education system enables each student to be successful.

Every learner completes his or her public education with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, continuing education, careers, and citizenship. The public education system provides flexible learning environments rich with 21st century tools that promote self-development, academic achievement, and active engagement in learning. It operates within a framework of high expectations for every learner with support from educators, families and the community.


Vermont State Board of Education & Agency of Education Strategic Plan for 2010-2014
Pursuant to Section 180 of Title 16 which requires the State Board of Education to "adopt through a public process a statewide strategic education plan to describe how the agency will help schools boards to improve student performance" and that it be reviewed and updated every five years, the Board voted to approve the Strategic Plan at its meeting on August 17, 2010. The plan has been renewed to 1) reflect current practice and views, 2) assure that all students graduate from high school having achieved proficiency in reading, math, science, writing and 21st Century skill development and are prepared to enter college or training in a career of their choosing, and 3) integrate the tenets of transformation. The agency will now move ahead with the development of its implementation plan.

Agency of Education's Budget Recommendations and Annual Report


Press Releases
Press releases (and media advisories) from the Agency of Education

Weekly Field Memos to Superintendents, Principals, and Educators
A weekly compilation of e-mail messages sent to principals, superintendents, curriculum coordinators, independent schools, and education partners.

Memos to Vermont Schools
Memos from the Agency of Education Staff

Education - Join the Conversation
The Vermont Agency of Education partners with ORCA Media to host a monthly video series focusing on various education topics around the state.

Communications Team

  The calendar lists agency-sponsored events that are intended to benefit service providers, educators and administrators.
  The agency oversees the Vermont Teacher of the Year program and assists with other educator awards. These awards are given in recognition of exceptional programs and activities taking place in Vermont's schools.

All requests for contract bids (requests for proposals) issued by the agency for amounts over $15,000 are posted to one of two central state websites:


The Vermont Agency of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding NONDISCRIMINATION POLICIES ONLY:

Greg Glennon, General Counsel
(802) 479-1756


General Phone Numbers
This link provides phone numbers for programs and services in the Agency of Education listed alphabetically by topic area (e.g., GED, licensing, special education technical assistance, etc.).

Staff Directory
Use this link to view the current list of staff members, including e-mail address links (underlined names), phone numbers (with voice mail messaging), and team affiliation.

Organization Chart

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Perry Thompson at perry.thompson@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1030

Page Last Updated on April 15, 2014