Ken completed his 45th year in education with all but two years in Central Vermont. He has been a middle and high school teacher for 15 years, an elementary principal for nine years, and a middle school principal for 12 years, and eight years as Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association. When he retired from VPA, he became the very part-time Vermont Coordinator of the Margaret Waddington Leadership Initiative with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. Following this, Ken and his wife moved to Dublin, NH to be closer to their grandkids in Providence, RI. Inquiring about principals to mentor in New Hampshire, Ken received word of the one-year Interim Executive Director position at the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. He began at NHASP 20 days after he moved to New Hampshire!
In his leadership development work, Ken and VPA have profited tremendously by a sizeable endowment for leadership left by Dr. Margaret Waddington, a Vermont neurosurgeon. Since 2016, over 125 Vermont leaders have received this world-class leadership training in Greensboro, NC and Stowe, VT.
His work at the Vermont Principals Association involved professional development for principals, mentoring and supporting them through thorny issues, running the 500+ member nonprofit organization and its staff of five, and advocating for his organization and the principalship in the Vermont General Assembly. In 2011, a new principal mentoring bill passed. Ken continued to “walk the talk” by serving as a principal mentor for two Central Vermont school leaders who were new to middle school and to early adolescents.
Before coming to VPA in 2009, he was the principal of Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury from 1996 until 2009. He cites the creation of an entirely new school district including hiring 150 staff, setting up a model middle school, developing an entirely new district from scratch, including working with parent and community groups, setting up teaching teams and merging three master contracts and three budgets into one, as highlights of his professional career.
Before this, he was principal of Calais Elementary School and a teacher at U-32 High School. Ironically, he began his 36-year public school career at Lebanon Jr. High (now Lebanon Middle School) in 1973. Much of his career has been involved with student engagement: from technology, to student council to interdisciplinary teaming to athletics. He has been active with The Vermont Association for Middle Level Education, the Vermont Council on Reading and the Central Vermont Administrative Licensing Board. As Interim Director of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, Ken is excited to help pave the way for a new director, all the while, helping the staff and board to continue to bring excellent services and programs to New Hampshire’s school leaders.
Ken and his wife, Meg, a retired librarian with the state of Vermont, live in Dublin, NH along their sibling tuxedo colored cats, Pepe and Domino. Their adult sons live in South Burlington and Providence, Rhode Island. They have two grandsons, Jackson, and Oscar, who enrich their lives in so many ways.