Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed Educators

In accordance with Title 16 of Vermont Statutes Annotated Chapter 51, a licensed educator may be subject to a licensing action against his or her educator’s license for engaging in unprofessional conduct or for being found incompetent. A licensing action means any action that suspends, revokes, limits or conditions licensure or certification in any way, including warnings, reprimands, probations and administrative penalties.

Licensing actions imposed against educators are quite complex. The need for taking licensing action may serve different purposes depending on the facts of the particular case. In some cases, licensing discipline serves a critical deterrent purpose where misconduct on the part of the educator places students in physical or emotional jeopardy. Other cases may involve competence issues or minor misconduct where rehabilitation is both possible and desirable. Further, each case may contain either aggravating or mitigating factors - sometimes both in the same case - that must be considered. The reader should view the following in that context.

   
PERTINENT LAWS AND REGULATIONS
   
  Educator licensing is governed by both Vermont statutes and Vermont State Board of Education rules. Pertinent sections of these documents are cited below.

Vermont Statutes
16 V.S.A., Chapter 51 establishes a board of professional educators to oversee the training, licensing, and professional standards of teachers and administrators and establishes hearing panels to determine compliance with those standards to help assure high caliber professionals and high quality public educational programs for Vermont students.

Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) Rules
Rule series 5100, "Licensing Regulations", outlines the VSBPE’s process to carry out its licensing authority.
   
   
LIST OF SUSPENSIONS & REVOCATIONS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2000 (Alphabetical by Last Name)
   
 

The following is a list of educators who have been subjected to disciplinary action since January 1, 2000. This list includes disciplinary actions that have been taken; it does not include cases on appeal. The voluntary surrender of a license by an educator during an investigation or disciplinary proceeding has the same force and effect as the revocation of a license.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

   
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Name of Licensee:   Eric Achenbach
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Brattleboro, Vermont
School:   Brattleboro Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, K-8 Elementary Education
Level II, 7-12 Computer Science

Grounds:   Arrested for possession of child pornography
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   January 16, 2009
 
 
Name of Licensee:   David C. Allen
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Morrisville, Vermont
School:   Woodbury Elementary School; Franklin Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, PreK-12 Music

Grounds:   Sexual contact with two female students; Driving under the influence of alcohol, in a careless and negligent manner, while his driver’s license was suspended (related criminal charges); Violation of conditions of release prohibiting alcohol consumption (related criminal charges).
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   August 16, 2005
 
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Name of Licensee:   Alan H. Baker
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Shaftsbury, Vermont
School:   Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Type A (Apprenticeship License), 9-12 Technical Professional (Horticulture)

Grounds:   Accessing child pornography on school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   September 20, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jo-Anne F. Balentine
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Hardwick, Vermont
School:   Hazen Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Grades 5-12, Family and Consumer Sciences Level II, Grades 9-12, Career and Technical Education – Human Services- Family and Community Services
Grounds:   Failure to Maintain Good Standing with Respect to VT Taxes in accordance with 32 V.S.A. § 3113 (f)
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension
Date of Action:   October 19, 2012
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jean M. Bass
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   South Hero, Vermont
School:   Colchester High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  School Nurse
Grounds:   Allegations of misconduct in relation to service as chaperone on student trip
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   March 7, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   David J. Blake  
Business Address at Time of Action:   North Clarendon, Vermont
School:   Mill River Union High School District
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 Social Studies

Grounds:   Attended Mill River Union High School varsity basketball games while displaying signs of intoxication that was apparent to players, coaches and spectators
Disciplinary Action:   Two year suspension with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   August 29, 2008
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Raymond Claude Bouchard
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   St. Albans, Vermont
School:   Northwest Technical Center
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Trades and Industry - Automotive Mechanics
Grounds:   Slapped student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (November 15, 2001 until conditions for reinstatement are met)
Date of Action:   August 14, 2002
 
Name of Licensee:   Peter Kurt Broderson
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Bristol, Vermont

School:   Mt. Abraham Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades 7-12, English

Grounds:   Inappropriate Physical Contact and Sexually Suggestive Comments
Disciplinary Action:   Two year Suspension with Conditions for Reinstatement
Date of Action:   March 20, 2013
   
 
Name of Licensee:   Shaun C. Bryer
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Colchester, Vermont

School:   Malletts Bay School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   Arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and disseminating indecent material to a minor.
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   September 16, 2009
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Richard P. Bugbee, Jr.
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   St. Albans, Vermont
School:   Essex High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Mathematics
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual relationship with student, with related criminal charges
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   October 22, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Elizabeth J. Burgess
Business Address at Time of Action:   Concord, Vermont
School:   Concord Graded & High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades K-6, Elementary Education
Level II, Grades K- age 21, Special Educator

Grounds:   Inappropriate comment and physical contact with students
Disciplinary Action:   3 day suspension with conditions
Date of Action:   November 1, 2013
 
 
Name of Licensee:   John V. Buttura
Business Address at Time of Action:   Plainfield, Vermont
School:   Twinfield Union School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, K-6 Elementary Education
Level II, 5-12 Design and Technology Education

Grounds:   Allegations of sexual exploitation of a minor
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 6, 2009
 

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Name of Licensee:   Elizabeth R. Carbonneau
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Danville, Vermont
School:   Walden School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   Convicted of domestic assault, driving while intoxicated, and violation of conditions of release
Disciplinary Action:   Two week suspension to be served while school is in session (suspension is suspended for a two year period commencing December 26, 2006)
Date of Action:   April 10, 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Melissa Cioffi
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Chittenden, Vermont; Rutland, Vermont

School:   Barstow Memorial School
West Rutland School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Ages 3-21 Intensive Special Education
Level II, Grades K-21 Special Education
Ages 3-21 Educational Speech Language Pathologist

Grounds:  

On or about January 31, 2007, licensee, while employed as a speech language pathologist (SLP) by the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (“RNSU”), was terminated from employment by the RNSU for misconduct, while at work. Specifically, licensee was found to be intoxicated while at work on at least three occasions between March 2006 and January 2007.

On or about March 27, 2008, licensee, while employed as a SLP by the Rutland Central Supervisory Union (“RCSU”), was found to be intoxicated while at work and was found to be in possession of intoxicating beverages while on school grounds. The RCSU terminated licensee’s employment for this misconduct.

Disciplinary Action:   Thirty day suspension (retroactive to February 1, 2007 through March 2, 2007) and license conditions placed on all education-related licenses held by licensee
Date of Action:   August 6, 2009
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Ronald M. Conry
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bethel, Vermont
School:   Bridport Central School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Principal
Grounds:   Inappropriate romantic relationship with out-of-state student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   January 10, 2002
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Tiffany L. Copley
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Richford, Vermont
School:   Enosburg Middle/High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Educators License, K-Age 21 Special Education

Grounds:   Sexual relations with two fifteen year old male students (criminal charges pending); Sexual relations with a seventeen year old male student; Furnishing alcohol to a minor
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   June 13, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Christopher S. Cosgrove
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Rutland, Vermont
School:   Rutland Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 Social Studies

Grounds:   While employed as a social studies teacher during the 2005-2006 school year, drew on the face of an 8th grade student who had fallen asleep in class
Disciplinary Action:   Three day suspension while school is in session, with conditions
Date of Action:   May 8, 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   James T. Cournoyer
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Winooski, Vermont
School:   Mt. Mansfield Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Science
Level II, K-12 Principal
Grounds:   Allegations of accessing pornography on a school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 12, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Lance A. Coyle
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   South Barre, Vermont
School:   Barre City Elementary and Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Physical Education
Grounds:   Kissed student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (one month beginning May 14, 2003)
Date of Action:   May 14, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jennifer L. Cushman
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Winooski, Vermont
School:   Winooski High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Social Studies
Grounds:   Allegations of smoking marijuana with students, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident, with related criminal charges
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   October 29, 2001
 

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Name of Licensee:   Thomas D. Darling
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bristol, Vermont
School:   Hinesburg Community School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 English and Social Studies

Grounds:   Violated English teaching competencies; distributed excerpt of his writings to students which contained profanity and content of a sexual nature which may have been inappropriate for some students and assigned them the task of providing him with critical feedback
Disciplinary Action:   One week suspension with conditions
Date of Action:   August 14, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Gabriele A. Davis
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Brookfield, Vermont
School:   Union Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, K- through age 21 Special Educator

Grounds:   Inappropriate behavioral intervention causing injury
Disciplinary Action:   Three-day suspension to be served while school is in session (June 15, 16 and 19, 2006)
Date of Action:   June 15, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Steven P. Davis
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bennington, Vermont
School:   Mt. Anthony Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades 7-12, Science and Mathematics

Grounds:   Inappropriate Comments, Raising Safety Concerns, Felony Charge of Unlawful Trespass, Misdemeanor Charge of Violating an Abuse Prevention Order
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   February 7, 2013
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Kimberly T. Dawson
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Middlesex, New Jersey
School:   N/A
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, PreK-12 Art

Grounds:   Currently not in good standing with respect to taxes due the State of Vermont
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension until such time as the Vermont Department of Taxes issues a certificate of good standing with respect to taxes due the State of Vermont
Date of Action:   April 10, 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   David R. Deuso
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Rouses Point, New York
School:   Berkshire Elementary and Franklin Elementary (not recently employed in a Vermont school)
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Physical Education
Grounds:   Convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   May 15, 2001
 
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Name of Licensee:   Gregory R. Engelken
Business Address at Time of Action:   Enosburg Falls, Vermont
School:   Enosburg High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Provisional, K through age 21 Special Education

Grounds:   Recklessly drove a school bus while transporting students and fellow employees, in violation of 16 V.S.A. § 1698(1)(E) “a single act of willful misconduct in violation of the duties and obligations of the position”
Disciplinary Action:   Thirty day retroactive suspension from June 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008
Date of Action:   October 23, 2008
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Brian D. Eyler
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Duxbury, Vermont

School:   Crossett Brook Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades PreK-12 Art

Grounds:   Allegation of inappropriate electronic communications with students
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 18, 2009
 

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Name of Licensee:   David H. Flight
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bennington, Vermont
School:   Mt. Anthony Union Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades 7-12, Science

Grounds:   Inappropriate Comments
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   March 14, 2011
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Richard A. Foster
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bradford, Vermont
School:   Bradford Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   Allegations of sexually assaulting male students, manufacturing child pornography, lewd and lascivious conduct with children, and attempting to lure a child
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   October 13 , 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Erin E. Fuller
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Newbury, Vermont
School:   Oxbow Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, K-12 Music
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual relationship with student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   April 29, 2002
 

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Name of Licensee:   John Brent Garrow
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Enosburg Falls, Vermont
School:   Enosburg Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Principal
Grounds:   Inappropriate physical contact with 18 year old individual out-of-state and furnishing alcohol to the same individual
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 2, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Timothy O. Garrow
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Irasburg, Vermont
School:   People's Academy (last employed during 2003-2004 school year)
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Driver Education
Level I, 7-12 Social Studies
Grounds:   Inappropriate comments to students
Disciplinary Action:   Two month suspension in the event that educator's license is renewed (currently not licensed) to commence upon issuance of license, with conditions of reinstatement.
Date of Action:   December 1, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Robert J. Gerardi (Robert J. Gerardi, Sr.)
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Underhill, Vermont
School:   Essex Town School District
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Superintendent
Grounds:   Accessing and printing pornography on supervisory union/district computer
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   February 9, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Nan Gwin
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Randolph, Vermont
School:   Northfield Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Teacher of Handicapped, Secondary Diversified Occupations Programs (other endorsements not affected by disciplinary action)
Grounds:   Substandard performance in the area of special education
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension of endorsement for two years, with any subsequent work in the field of special education to be pursuant to a monitoring and reporting plan approved by commissioner
Date of Action:   December 9, 2003
 

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Name of Licensee:   Charles R. Hess, Jr.
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Morrisville, Vermont
School:   Green Mountain Technology and Career Center; Peoples Academy
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, 7-12 Driver Education
Level II, 9-12 Trades and Industry

Grounds:   DUI charge and civil suspension of driver’s license
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension with conditions for reinstatement (May 31, 2006 - June 13, 2006 and one year suspension of his driver’s education endorsement commencing at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year)
Date of Action:   May 22, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Brian L. Hiebert
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   North Pomfret, Vermont
School:   Williamstown Middle/High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Special Education
Level II, 7-12 Science
Grounds:   Allegations of accessing pornography on a school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 14, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Allyson L. Hoffman
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Arlington, Vermont

School:   Fisher Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Grades PreK-12 Library Media Specialist

Grounds:   On or about August 14, 2009, police responded to the residence of Allyson Hoffman and found several minors drinking alcoholic beverages while Hoffman was present. One minor was transported from the residence by emergency medical services due to the minor’s perceived intoxication level. On November 6, 2009, Licensee pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Bennington District Court, of “Alcohol-Enabling by Minor” (sic) and was given a 9 month deferred sentence with probation conditions.
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension from August 14, 2009 to August 6, 2010
Date of Action:   March 18, 2010
 

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Name of Licensee:   Alexander R. Kepler
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   West Glover, Vermont
School:   Albany Community School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Elementary Education

Grounds:   Allegation of striking a student with an open hand
Disciplinary Action:   15 day suspension of educator’s license, with a condition for reinstatement
Date of Action:   August 27, 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   John P. Kipp
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Milton, Vermont
School:   Colchester High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Social Studies
Grounds:   Accessing pornography on school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (November 14, 2000 through the end of the 2001 school year) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   April 23, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Robert A. Koziol
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Essex Junction, Vermont

School:   The Edge Academy
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level 1, Kindergarten through age 21 Special Education

Grounds:   Destroyed a student’s special education file/documents
Disciplinary Action:   Ten day suspension, December 24, 2010 to January 2, 2011
Date of Action:   December 24, 2010
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Thad J. Krueger
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Burlington, Vermont

School:   The Baird School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   Knowingly and recklessly closed the left hand of a nine year old student between a wooden fire door and its metal frame, causing one broken and three lacerated fingers.
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   April 14, 2009
 

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Name of Licensee:   Joseph A. Laferriere
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Colchester, Vermont
School:   Lamoille Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 Science

Grounds:   Inappropriate comment to student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (Two days to run concurrent with employment suspension of June 2004)
Date of Action:   October 18, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Ronald D. Lavalette
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Barton, Vermont
School:   Lamoille Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Special Education
Grounds:   Incompetence related to special education documentation and providing misinformation to school district concerning such documentation
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (July 1, 2003 - December 31, 2003) with any subsequent work in the field of special education to be pursuant to a monitoring plan approved by commissioner
Date of Action:   July 29, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Ann E. Lavery  
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Richford, Vermont

School:   Richford Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   On or about September 11, 2008 while employed as an educator in the Richford Elementary School, licensee physically grabbed two students and pushed them forward with enough force that caused bruising to at least one of the students. On or about September 12, 2008 licensee placed a bucket over one of the same student’s head and struck the top of the bucket.
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension from February 25, 2009 to August 4, 2010
Date of Action:   October 5, 2009
 
 
Name of Licensee:   David J. Leary
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Burlington, Vermont
School:   Green Mountain Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, K-12 Guidance; K-12 Superintendent
Grounds:   Writing and drawing lewd graffiti in public rest room
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   February 13, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Kenneth Levine
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Sudbury, Vermont
School:   Wells Village School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, K-12 Special Education
Level II, Elementary Education
Grounds:   Allegations of establishing a false residency for school attendance purposes, with related criminal charges
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (March 26, 2003 - April 8, 2003)
Date of Action:   March 24, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Brad E. Lewis
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   West Pawlet, Vermont
School:   Proctor Junior/Senior High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Mathematics
Grounds:   Accessing and downloading pornography on school computer, storing pornography on disks kept in the classroom
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   November 19, 2002
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Stephen R. Libbey
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Enosburg Falls, Vermont
School:   Enosburg Middle/High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Speech Language Pathology; Driver's Education
Grounds:   Drug smuggling
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   November 27, 2001
 

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Name of Licensee:   Paul D. MacLeod, Jr.
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Sharon, Vermont
School:   Woodstock Union Junior/Senior High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Mathematics
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual relationships with two students and inappropriate contact with a third student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 7, 2002
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Peter C. Marsh
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Rutland, Vermont
School:   Mill River Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 English
Grounds:   Inappropriate Internet communication with purported student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation/surrender: License lapsed and educator withdrew renewal application during investigation
Date of Action:   July 16, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Ardis Martin
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   North Clarendon, Vermont
School:   Washington South Supervisory Union
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Age 3-Age 21 Director of Special Education
Level I, PreK-12 Principal
Level II, K-6 Elementary Education
Level II, PreK-12 Reading/English Language Arts Specialist
Level II, Age 3-Age 21 Intensive Special Needs
Level II, K-Age 21 Special Educator

Grounds:   Attempt to persuade individual into providing a false alibi
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (June 16, 2005 - June 17, 2005)
Date of Action:   June 13, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Michael A. Martin
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Hartford, Vermont
School:   Windsor High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, PreK-12 Music

Grounds:   Allegation of inappropriate contact with a student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   August 10, 2007
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Nickolas R. Mayer
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Lincoln, Vermont
School:   Vergennes Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Science (limited to Biology)
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual relationship with student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   June 30, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   John E. Mazuzan
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Burlington, Vermont
School:   Burlington High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, PreK-12 Art

Grounds:   Accessed sexually explicit adult materials using his school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (Three months beginning February 6, 2006)
Date of Action:   February 2, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   James Duncan McCutchan 
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Claremont, New Hampshire
School:   Riverside Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Science; K-12 Health Education
Grounds:   Accessing pornography on a school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (September 30, 2002 through the end of the 2003-2004 school year) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   March 22, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jeffrey J. McDonald
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Montpelier, Vermont
School:   U-32 (Junior/Senior High School)
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, Family and Consumer Sciences
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual harassment of student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   February 21, 2002
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Lois S. Melchior
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bristol, Vermont
School:   Otter Valley Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Mathematics
Level II, K-6 General Elementary
Grounds:   Cultivation and possession of marijuana, with related criminal conviction
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (February 27, 2001 through the end of the 2000-2001 school year)
Date of Action:   February 27, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Randi Kay Metivier
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Winooski, Vermont
School:   Grand Isle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Physical Education
Grounds:   Allegations of sexual contact with student, with related criminal charges
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 13, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Gael M. Migalti  
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Montpelier, Vermont
School:   Waits River Valley School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-6 General Elementary
Grounds:   Placed masking tape over the mouth of a third grade student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (May 9, 2005 - May 22, 2005)
Date of Action:   March 15, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jennifer E. Mozdzier
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Moretown, Vermont
School:   N/A
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, K-12 Music Education
Grounds:   Sale of marijuana with misdemeanor conviction for possession of marijuana
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (August 23, 2003 - February 23, 2006) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   May 23, 2005
   
 
Name of Licensee:   Brian H. Musty
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bradford, Vermont
School:   Oxbow Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, Grades 7-12, Physical Education
Grounds:   Allegations of a Sexual Relationship with a Student with Related Criminal Charges
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   April 3, 2013
 

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Name of Licensee:   Wayne F. Nadeau
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   South Burlington, Vermont
School:   Lamoille Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Social Studies
Grounds:   Consensual sexual activity with a colleague in classroom at times when students were and might have been present in the school
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (20 consecutive working days: February 10, 2003 - March 18, 2003)
Date of Action:   January 29, 2003
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Barry Todd Noden
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Brandon, Vermont
School:   Otter Valley Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Music
Grounds:   Sexual harassment of student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (retroactive) (July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001) with required counselor reports until September 2003
Date of Action:   September 12, 2002
 

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Name of Licensee:   Michelle L. Parker
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   East Burke, Vermont
School:   Burke School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 Mathematics

Grounds:   Consuming a beer while on a school field trip, during normal school hours
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (May 12, 2005 - June 15, 2005)
Date of Action:   June 22, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Christopher M. Parkins
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Unknown
School:   Brookline Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, K-6 General Elementary
Grounds:   Allegations of inappropriate physical contact with two female students, attempted inappropriate physical contact with third female student, inappropriate student photographs, bringing dead fox to school, attempt to verbally intimidate student after incident of teacher swearing at school
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 7, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Will J. Parini
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bristol, Vermont
School:   Bristol Elementary and Robinson Elementary
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Provisional, Grades PreK-12, Music
Grounds:   Charged in U.S. District Court of Vermont with Distributing Child Pornography.
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   May 27, 2011
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Lewis R. Petit
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Moretown, Vermont
School:   Harwood Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Mathematics
Grounds:   Slapped student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (December 21, 2000 - August 15, 2001)
Date of Action:   July 9, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Gary S. Pool
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Swanton, Vermont

School:   Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Kindergarten through age 21 Special Education

Grounds:   Pleaded guilty to and was convicted of disorderly conduct in school involving a special education student under his care.
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010
Date of Action:   December 9, 2010
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Susan J. Portugal
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Shelburne, Vermont
School:   Milton High School (at time of incident); Richford Junior/Senior High School (current employment)
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Age 3 through 21 Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Level I, Grades 7-12 Social Studies
Provisional, Grades K through age 21 Special Educator

Grounds:   Inappropriate discipline/punishment of a student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (one week when school is in session) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   December 20, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Joseph P. Powers
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Brattleboro, Vermont
School:   Brattleboro Area Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades 7-12, Social Studies

Grounds:   Excessively Forceful Physical Redirection of a Student
Disciplinary Action:   3 Day Suspension
Date of Action:   November 8, 9 and 13, 2012
 

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Name of Licensee:   Bonnie M. Robinson
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Lebanon, New Hampshire
School:   Hartland Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-6 General Elementary
Level II, 5-8 Middle Grades
Grounds:   Consumed alcoholic beverages on school field trip
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (two months beginning May 18, 2004)
Date of Action:   May 18, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Jamie L. Rugg
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Milton, Vermont
School:   Milton High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Theatre Arts
Grounds:   Sexual relationship with a female student, with related criminal charges
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   November 18, 2003
 

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Name of Licensee:   Kenneth A. Saxe
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Montpelier, Vermont
School:   Colchester High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Special Education - Intensive
Grounds:   Hit student
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (through the end of the 2000-2001 school year)
Date of Action:   June 19, 2001
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Daniel G. Schnare
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Barnet, Vermont

School:   Barnet Elementary School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Grades K-6 Elementary Education

Grounds:   Found to have been under the influence of intoxicating liquor while teaching at the Barnet Elementary School.
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension retroactive to September 16, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2010. Licensee also waived any future rights to defend his license(s) against any sanction the commissioner may deem appropriate should the commissioner determine the licensee is found to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs at any school-related function or event ever again.
Date of Action:   February 8, 2010
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Abby M. Shocik
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Danville, Vermont

School:   Danville School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level 1, Grades PreK - 12, Music

Grounds:   Arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor student
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 18, 2012
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Michael D. Sorrentino
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Springfield, Vermont

School:   Springfield High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Grades PreK-12 Physical Education

Grounds:   Violated teacher/student boundaries
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 12, 2010
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Karen J. St. Peter
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Rutland, Vermont
School:   West Rutland School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 School Nurse
Grounds:   Provided medication to students without parental permission and left medication unsecured on one occasion
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (November 16, 2004 - February 16, 2005) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   November 16, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Richard H. Swenson
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bennington, Vermont
School:   Not recently employed as an educator
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Social Studies
Level II, K-12 Art
Grounds:   Convicted of embezzlement
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (retroactive) (May 15, 2001 - May 15, 2002)
Date of Action:   June 14, 2002
 

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Name of Licensee:   Kenneth R. Tefft, III
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Underhill, Vermont
School:   Colchester High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Technology Education
Level II, 7-12 Science
Grounds:   Brought a bottle of alcohol into school during school hours
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (June 7, 2004 - December 7, 2004) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   June 7, 2004
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Peter C. Tripp
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Stonington, Connecticut
School:   Hazen Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 Physical Education; Health Education
Grounds:   Cultivation of marijuana and criminal conviction for possession of marijuana
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation
Date of Action:   May 20, 2003
 

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Name of Licensee:   Michael Underwood
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Enosburg Falls, Vermont
School:   St. Albans Town Education Center
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, 7-12 English
Level II, 7-12 Music
Level II, 5-9 English/Language arts
Grounds:   Duct taped a female student to a chair in a classroom
Disciplinary Action:   Two week suspension of the professional educator’s license when schools is in session, with a condition for reinstatement (pre-approved training in appropriate student interaction)
Date of Action:   March 21, 2006
 
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Name of Licensee:   Peter F. Van Wageningen
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Brattleboro, Vermont
School:   Springfield High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level II, K-12 Library Media
Grounds:   Accessing pornography on a school computer
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (partially retroactive) (October 8, 2002 through the end of the 2003-2004 school year) with conditions for reinstatement
Date of Action:   May 1, 2003
 

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Name of Licensee:   Robert P. Walsh  
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Springfield, Vermont

School:   Community High School of Vermont
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades 7-12 Science

Grounds:   Violated school policy on appropriate Internet use
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   March 1, 2010
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Todd C. Wennar 
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Milton, Vermont
School:   Milton High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
  Level I, 7-12 Physical Education
Grounds:   Altercation with opposing coach after a hockey game resulting in physical injury
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (Two years beginning January 3, 2005) with condition for reinstatement
Date of Action:   January 3, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Gregory C. West
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Pittsford, Vermont
School:   Lothrop School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II Professional Educator’s License, Grades PreK-12, Principal

Grounds:   Moral Unfitness to Practice as an Educator
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   October 8, 2013
 
 
Name of Licensee:   Carol J. Williams
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   East Burke, Vermont
School:   Burke School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, K-6 Elementary Education
Level II, PreK-12 Art

Grounds:   Consuming a beer while on a school field trip, during normal school hours
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (May 12, 2005 - June 15, 2005)
Date of Action:   June 24, 2005
 
 
Name of Licensee:   David Wohlsen
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Bennington, Vermont

School:   Mount Anthony Middle School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, Grades PreK-12 Library Media Specialist

Grounds:   Violated school policy on appropriate Internet use
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   November 3, 2009
 
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Name of Licensee:   Giovanna Yaranga
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Burlington, Vermont
School:   Burlington High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Type II Professional Educator’s License, Grades 7-12, Spanish Language Endorsement

Grounds:   Sex with one of her students, with related criminal convictions of sexual exploitation of a minor
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   October 11, 2013
 
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Name of Licensee:   Cathy A. Zielinski
Town of Residence at Time of Action:   Bellows Falls, Vermont
School:   Bellows Falls Union High School
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level II, 7-12 Social Studies

Grounds:   Brought empty alcoholic beverage containers and expired prescription medication into the classroom and left it for a considerable amount of time in an open area of the classroom for potential access by students
Disciplinary Action:   Suspension (30 days beginning May 16, 2006)
Date of Action:   May 16, 2006
 
 
Name of Licensee:   William T. Zucca
Business Address at Time of Action:  

Randolph, Vermont

School:   Randolph Technical Career Center
License Type/
Endorsement(s):
 

Level I, Grades 9-12 Career and Technical Education
Level II, Grades 5-12 Design and Technology Education
Level II, Grades PreK-12 Library Media Specialist

Grounds:   Violated appropriate use of electronic media
Disciplinary Action:   Revocation (Surrender of License)
Date of Action:   September 28 2010

Questions?

Greg Glennon at greg.glennon@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1756

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