Adam Bunting, CVU Principal
Adam Bunting has served as Principal at Champlain Valley Union High School since 2015. After working as an English teacher and House Director at CVU, he joined Montpelier High School as Principal from 2012-2015. While he loved Montpelier, Adam couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to CVU, his alma mater. Since returning, Adam has worked (with an amazing faculty and staff) to create personalized, transformative learning experiences for all students. Adam has been published in several educational journals and books such as Edutopia, Principal Leadership, and The Courage to Teach. In addition, Adam worked as a featured presenter in Coalition of Essential Schools and League of Innovative Schools conferences. In 2018, Adam was named the Vermont Principal of the Year. He serves on the Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council, the Vermont Voices Project, the Vermont Principals Association, and New England Secondary Schools Coalition. When Adam isn’t in the halls of CVU, you can find him coaching one of his two daughters, fishing, running, eating Doritos, or making feeble attempts at playing baseball in a senior league. Adam received his M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in English and Education from Connecticut College.
Anna Couperthwait, CVU Director of Special Education
Anna is the Director of Special Services at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. She graduated from CVU in 1988 and liked it so much she returned, first as a special educator and then as an administrator. Anna received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Vermont and her Master's degree in Special Education from Lesley College. Her professional experience includes being a 1st and 2nd grade classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, and a special educator at every grade level. She's been lucky enough to teach in a variety of places, including the suburbs of Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, but is happy to be settled back in Vermont. Anna is a strong advocate of inclusion and the idea that all students belong to all of us. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntington. When she is not working, you can find her cheering on her girls at ski races, traveling, or spending time outdoors.
Dan Shepardson, CVU Activities Director
Dan, aka Shep, was born and brought up in Fletcher, VT, and graduated HS from BFA, Fairfax, VT. He graduated from Norwich University and then spent seven years as a pilot in the Air Force. During his time in the AF, he was stationed in OK, Guam, and MS. His job was flying into hurricanes/ typhoons and marking their position. After leaving the AF he returned to Norwich and received his MEd and began teaching Physical Education at Northfield High School. Dan taught as NHS for 10 years before moving to CVU where he taught PE and Health for 11 years. He then became the Fairbanks House Director for nine years and is currently in his 7th year as the Student Activities Director. Dan lives in Hinesburg with his wife and they have four adult children, all CVU graduates.
Katherine Riley, CVU Snellling House Director
Katherine Riley has been working in different capacities at CVU for over two decades. She began her work in Vermont as a social studies teacher and is currently the Snelling House Director. Prior to coming to Vermont, Katherine taught for six years in New York. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and went on to earn a masters from Plattsburgh State University. During her career, Katherine has lived in Peru, volunteering in rural communities as a teacher of English, and has also taught English in Bhutan where she developed curriculum encompassing the tenets of the Bhutanese policy of Gross National Happiness. She is committed to expanding an understanding of the importance of global citizenship and our interconnectedness with others in public schools. Katherine lives in Hinesburg and enjoys time on the water and in the mountains.
Anthony Spagnolo, CVU Nichols House Director
Anthony Spagnolo is the Nichols House Director at Champlain Valley Union High School. Anthony grew up in the district calling Shelburne, VT, home. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont in Physical Education & Exercise Science, a Master’s Degree in Learning and Instruction from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is completing his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Saint Michael’s College in School Leadership. Anthony enjoys seeing students experience success in their lives and believes in fostering environments where every person can be the best version of themselves. Anthony spends his time away from school exercising, playing basketball, enjoying play with his puppy, reading, and investing too much emotional capital as a fan of various sports teams.
Monica Carter, CVU Chittenden House Director
Monica Carter is a native of Northern Vermont and received her undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Mathematics at Johnson State College. Monica began her work in CVSD as a math teacher at CVU in 1995. After several years working on an interdisciplinary team in the ninth-grade Core Program, she moved on to teach math in grades ten through twelve and has taught nearly every math class offered at CVU. Monica’s implementation of proficiency-based learning and grading practices in her classroom led to an opportunity to serve as a proficiency-based learning coach at CVU and Hinesburg Community School for several years. Recently, she returned to CVU full time as the Chittenden House Director and is enjoying working with students and faculty in a different capacity. Outside of school Monica enjoys spending time with her family on their small farm, following the endeavors of her adult kids, and exploring some of the beauty that our state and country has to offer.
Arthur Chiaravalli, CVU Fairbanks House Director
Arthur is a recent transplant to the state of Vermont after spending the majority of his life in Michigan. He has a large family, spanning in age from 4 years old to a sophomore at Michigan State University. Arthur earned degrees from both the University of Michigan (B.A. English, M.A. Education) and Michigan State University (M.A. K-12 Administration). In his teaching career, he has taught high school mathematics, English, technology, and media productions. Arthur is also founder of Teachers Going Gradeless, a global group of educators who believe teaching and learning is better when we grade less, emphasizing instead the principles of effective feedback and growth. In his spare time, he likes writing about educational topics but also dabbles in just about every genre, most recently as singer/songwriter for his on-again-off-again band. He is humbled by the opportunity to accompany young people at such an exciting, pivotal time in their lives.