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 & Regulations

Educator licensing is governed by both Vermont statutes and Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators 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 Rules", outlines the VSBPE's process to carry out its licensing authority.

List of Suspensions & Revocations

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. 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.

2016 Actions

Name of Licensee:

 

James Jones

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Northfield, VT

School:

 

Washington South Supervisory Union

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Science/Math, 7-12

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher within the Washington South Supervisory Union, Licensee kissed a female student in a classroom.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Voluntary surrender of educator license.

Date of Action:

 

July 21, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Richard Talbot

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Tunbridge, Vermont

School:

 

Tunbridge Central School/Orange-Windsor SU

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Principal, PK-12, Expires 6/30/2019

Grounds:

 

While principal of the Tunbridge Central School the licensee was found guilty of the criminal charge of Prohibited Acts in violation of 13 V.S.A. 2632(a)(8).

Disciplinary Action:

 

Voluntary surrender of his Vermont educator’s license

Date of Action:

 

May 20, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Thomas Treece

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Plainfield, Vermont

School:

 

Spaulding High School, Barre Supervisory Union

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher at Spaulding High School, on February 10, 2015, Licensee referred to students using an offensive term. Licensee was on an improvement plan at the time that directly related to his professional judgment and appropriate use of language during class discussions.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Retroactive suspension from February 10, 2015 to June 30, 2015, and successful completion of professional development course.

Date of Action:

 

May 10, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Daniel Fowler

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Rutland, Vermont

School:

 

Rutland City School District/Rutland Middle School

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Mathematics, 7-12, Expires 6/30/2018

Grounds:

 

Licensee misused school equipment by uploading inappropriate photographs to a school-owned computer under his control; in addition to misuse of school-owned computer (see VSBPE Rule 5525), this conduct also constituted conduct unbecoming a professional educator. See 16 V.S.A 1698.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Voluntary surrender of his Vermont educator’s license

Date of Action:

 

May 10, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Danielle L. Salway

Business Address:

 

Brattleboro, Vermont

School:

 

Brattleboro Union High School, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level I, English, Grades 7-12

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher at Brattleboro Union High School, during the 2013-2014 school year, Licensee did not observe appropriate teacher/student boundaries by engaging in an unsuitable relationship with a student.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Voluntary surrender of Vermont educator’s license.

Date of Action:

 

April 7, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

School:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher at a Vermont public school, on or about the 2013-2014 school year, Licensee failed to follow best practice on several occasions, in monitoring and supervising students, while practicing within the scope of Licensee’s endorsement area.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Private Reprimand.

Date of Action:

 

March 3, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

David Domenick

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Jamaica, VT

School:

 

Windsor High School and Windsor State School, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Music, PK-12, Expires 6/30/2020

Grounds:

 

Licensee agrees to waive a hearing pursuant to 16 VSA Chapter 51 and agrees to this public reprimand of his Vermont educator license for unprofessional conduct, specifically: during the 2013-2014 school year, Licensee was determined to have consumed alcohol on two occasions prior to working with students.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public Reprimand

Date of Action:

 

February 16, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Sharon Kelly-Larson

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Milton, Vermont

School:

 

Milton Elementary School

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Elementary Ed, K-6, Expires 6/30/2018
Level II, Special Educator, K-21, Expires 6/30/2018

Grounds:

 

On or about March 2014, Educator grabbed a student by the arm, pulled the student from the student’s chair and pulled the student towards another classroom.  These actions placed the student in meaningful physical jeopardy. 

Disciplinary Action:

 

Suspension for 6 months.

Date of Action:

 

January 19, 2016.

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Andrea Richardson

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Barre, Vermont

School:

 

Barre Technical Center

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Career Tech Ed, Human Services-Personal Care, Grades 9-12, Expires 6/30/2018

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher by the Barre Supervisory Union, the Licensee allowed a co-instructor to teach a Nail Technician Class without holding the appropriate license and failed to keep appropriate student records of attendance and classroom hours.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public reprimand of her Vermont educator license for six (6) months.

Date of Action:

 

January 15, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Lori Matava

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Barre, Vermont

School:

 

Barre Technical Center

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Career Tech Ed, Human Services-Personal Care, Grades 9-12, Expires 6/30/2018

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher by the Barre Supervisory Union, the Licensee allowed a co-instructor to teach a Nail Technician Class without holding the appropriate license and failed to keep appropriate student records of attendance and classroom hours.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public reprimand of her Vermont educator license for six (6) months.

Date of Action:

 

January 15, 2016

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Christopher Whitlock

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Hyde Park, VT

School:

 

Lamoille UHSD #18

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Science, 7-12

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher Lamoille UHSD #18, Licensee made comments to a student, on two separate occasions (during the 2014-2015 school year) that were reasonably interpreted as insensitive and offensive, based upon the student’s intrinsic characteristics.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public Reprimand with educator license conditions intended to address the grounds for this public reprimand.

Date of Action:

 

January 8, 2016

 

2015 Actions

Name of Licensee:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

School:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Grounds:

 

While employed as a Principal at a Vermont public school, on or about the 2014-2015 school year, Principal engaged in inappropriate/unbecoming conduct on school district property, after hours.  When questioned by the Superintendent of Schools regarding this conduct, Principal did not provide a factually accurate account of the conduct.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Private Reprimand with educator license conditions intended to address the grounds for this private reprimand.

Date of Action:

 

December 15, 2015

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

School:

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Confidential pursuant to VSBPE Rule 5713

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher at a Vermont public school, on or about the 2012-2013 school year, a teacher engaged in text messaging with a student.  The text messages exchanged between teacher and student were not exchanged for any legitimate academic purpose.  Also, on or about 2013, teacher sent a group text message containing inappropriate content.  Recipients included former students and fellow school staff members. 

Disciplinary Action:

 

Private Reprimand with educator license conditions intended to address the grounds for this private reprimand.

Date of Action:

 

November 23, 2015

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Elizabeth Feinberg

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Bethel, Vermont

School:

 

Windsor Northwest SU/ Bethel Elementary School

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level II, Elementary Ed, K-6, Expires 6/30/2016

Grounds:

 

Licensee agrees to waive a hearing pursuant to 16 V.S.A. Chapter 51 and agrees to this public reprimand of her Vermont educator license for unprofessional conduct, specifically: that on February 18, 2013 Licensee used inappropriate restraints on a 6 year old student by grabbing the student by the arm, which resulted in bruising of the student’s arm and such behavior is not in accordance with the best practices of the PBIS policy of the Bethel Elementary School.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public reprimand.

Date of Action:

 

June 30, 2015

 

Name of Licensee:

 

Robert Niles

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Waitsfield, Vermont

School:

 

Green Mountain Valley School

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Provisional, English, 7-12
Expires 6/30/2015

Grounds:

 

While employed as a teacher by the Green Mountain Valley School on June 2, 2014, the Licensee permitted a female student to enter his cabin at night during a white water rafting trip, attired only in his boxer shorts. When confronted by school officials, Licensee denied that the student was in the cabin, but a later search revealed the student hiding in the Licensee’s bathroom. Licensee admitted to allowing the student on his bed in the room.

Disciplinary Action:

 

Voluntary suspension of the Licensee’s Vermont educator’s license for twelve (12) months, with conditions that shall be met prior to Licensee re-applying for his Vermont educator’s license.

Date of Action:

 

April 24, 2015

Name of Licensee:

 

David Bain

Business Address at Time of Action:

 

Wolcott, VT

School:

 

Peoples Academy

License Type/
Endorsement(s):

 

Level I, Online Teaching Specialist
Level II, Grades PK-12, Educational Technology Specialist
Level II, Grades 5-12, Business Education

Grounds:

 

Failure to maintain professional boundaries.

 

Disciplinary Action:

 

Public Reprimand and successful completion of professional boundaries course.

Date of Action:

 

February 2, 2015

 

Past Disciplinary Actions 2014 - 2001

Questions?

Greg Glennon, General Counsel, at greg.glennon@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1756

Page Last Updated on July 27, 2016