Greg Marino, Lead Principal, Williston Schools
Greg Marino is beginning his 7th year as the Lead Principal in the Williston Schools and his 12th year as part of the CVSD leadership team. Prior to his time at CVSD, Greg served as Principal at Essex Elementary School (Pk-2) in Essex Junction, VT, and Assistant Principal at Setauket Elementary School (K-6), Setauket, NY. Greg grew up in Suffolk County Long Island and was drawn to education through his passion for trumpet and music, inspired by his father, a lifetime educator. Greg earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Ithaca College School of Music, where he also met his future wife, a Vermont native. He enjoyed a decade as an instrumental music teacher in various public school systems in Long Island while earning his Master’s Degree in Education from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and his School District Administration endorsement at SUNY Stony Brook. Greg serves as co-chair of the Champlain Valley Regional Standards Board and is the past president of VT ASCD. He begins a new teaching and learning adventure this fall as adjunct faculty at St. Michael’s College in their School Leadership graduate program. Greg lives in Williston with his wife and four children and enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, and riding his motorcycle in the beautiful VT outdoors.
Angela Filion, ABS Building Principal
Angela Filion is a native of Vermont and as a child lived briefly in Birmingham, Alabama and Ithaca, New York. She realized at a young age that she had a desire and passion for working with young children. She was particularly drawn to students who have experienced a lot of adversity, as she herself faced those challenges as a child. She pursued an associates degree in Early Education from Champlain College. She went on to get her undergraduate degree in education from Johnson State College. Angela then began working for the Milton Town School district which was her hometown and where she graduated from high school. She began as the early education teacher and director of the early education program. She then went on to teach Kindergarten, First, and then Second Grade. During this time Angela pursued her Masters Degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She served as a teacher and teacher leader for 15 years at MES before she moved on to becoming the Assistant Principal there for two years. After 17 years of service at MES, Angela was ready to pursue other prospects. In 2018 she became the Principal for Allen Brook School. She loves being able to lead and serve at a PreK-2nd grade school! Angela and her 17 year old daughter Mira have a strong passion for dance and have been dancing together at the same studio for 12 years. Other passions that Angela has are travel, gardening, biking, and spending time with loved ones.
Jacqueline Parks, WCS Building Principal
Jacqueline Parks is a Vermont native and comes from a family of educators. Educational issues and topics were always part of the family fabric which resulted in a desire to teach students with learning differences. Jacqueline graduated from Trinity College of Vermont with her Bachelors degree, along with certifications in Special Education and Elementary Education. After teaching grades 3 and 4 overseas in Damascus, Syria and Aruba she returned to the United States and began a leadership program in Texas. While in Texas, Jackie worked as a 6th grade special educator. After marrying her husband, Kevin, they returned to Vermont to start a family and put down roots. While serving as a special educator at Manchester Elementary School (MEMS), Jackie completed her Masters in school leadership at Castleton University. She went on to become the principal at MEMS and has served in that capacity for over 1o years. In 2005, Jackie and her family moved to Essex, Vermont as she moved to a principalship at Williston Central School (WCS). Jackie is currently in her 16th year at WCS and is proud to be part of an amazing educational community. Jackie has been the recipient of numerous awards over her years in education including Dayton District Teacher of the Year (1995), Horace Mann Leadership Award (2000) and Vermont’s Nationally Distinguished Principal (2003) and has participated in the Snelling Center for Leadership and Dr. Margaret Waddington Institute for School Leaders. She currently lives in Essex with her husband and two children and enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and walking.
Sarah Crum, Director of Special Education, Williston Schools
Sarah has been an educator in Vermont since 2004 in the role of Special Educator at Champlain Valley High School for 14 years and as the Director of Special Education for the Williston schools beginning in 2018. She began her career in education teaching English as a foreign language in France and then high school English in Telluride, Colorado. Sarah is originally from New York City, growing up mostly in Connecticut but spending a significant amount of time in Vermont. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in English, secondary education, and special education. She went on to achieve a Masters in Curriculum from the University of Colorado, Denver; a reading specialist endorsement from University of Vermont; and Administrative licensure from St Michael’s College. Sarah was originally inspired to go into education after teaching horse back riding at a summer camp and helping children with significant trauma backgrounds build emotional resilience by working with animals. Prior to settling in to a career and busy family life, Sarah traveled extensively, particularly throughout Europe. She now lives in Bristol with her husband, three teenage children, and a dog. When not working, shuttling her children, or cheering them on at their many endeavors, Sarah is most likely found wrapped up in a cozy blanket, with a cup of tea and a good book or on a run with the dog.