Alison Celmer, SCS PreK-4 Co-Principal
Alison Celmer is heading into her fifth year as the proud PreK-4 Principal at Shelburne Community School. Alison is currently participating in the Waddington Leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership and is looking forward to engaging in Katie Novak’s work on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Practices this year. Alison has a background in Interior Design from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) which is what brought her to Vermont (from upstate New York) in 2004 - to pursue a career in residential interior design in Stowe. Alison has always enjoyed working and connecting with kids. Nannying (while designing) is what inspired her to go back to school through Johnson State College (remotely) to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. In 2011, she began her next journey as a Kindergarten Teacher, when she was honored with UVM’s Teacher of the Year. She was encouraged to take on more leadership roles, and after four years of teaching Kindergarten, she became a sixth grade literacy teacher and a K-8 Literacy Coach. She continued this work while she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Assessment Development through Southern New Hampshire University. In 2017, she accepted her first administrative position at Champlain Valley School District. She is grateful for this opportunity and her creative and collaborative SCS Leadership team colleagues and her CVSD LEaD team. Her knowledge and excitement for bridging the design process with curriculum development and instructional delivery models to create inclusive practices for all is what really energizes her as a leader, mentor, and colleague. When she is not reading (or listening to) books about leadership, instructional practices, inclusive practices, design, and organization, she also enjoys listening to great music, dancing, hiking, walking, cruising on her bike, shopping, or dining around town.
Scott Sivo, SCS Lead Principal 5-8
Scott is a resident of Shelburne, VT. He lives with his wife and two daughters. His daughters attend school with him each day at Shelburne Community School. Scott is originally from Rhode Island. He completed his undergraduate studies in Government and Education at Colby College (ME) and his Masters Degree in Educational Administration at Endicott College (MA) . His journey in public education began as a member of Teach for America where he served as a social studies teacher in Rocky Mount, NC. Scott has served as an assistant principal in both Hull, MA (9-12) and Middlebury, VT (7-8) before becoming the Lead Principal at SCS. This is his 19th year in public education and his 13th as a building leader. Scott spends his free time at his family’s camp in the Adirondacks. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and taking in live music whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Peggy-Sue Van Nostrand, SCS Special Ed Director
Peggy-Sue Van Nostrand joined Shelburne Community School as the Special Education Director in July 2017. She earned a BA in Sociology at New England College and then completed teacher licensure requirements in elementary and special education at Lyndon State College. In 2004, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education at Johnson State College. Peggy-Sue is continuing her professional growth currently by participating in the Vermont Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for Government. A native Vermonter who grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, she worked in education in that region of the state for twenty years - twelve years in a day treatment school and then eight years as the Special Education Administrator for Essex Caledonia Supervisory Union. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching live theater, singing, and reading. She has also recently taken up running. She and her husband (who is also a school administrator) live in Essex with their two daughters. Their son graduated from Clark University in 2021 and is living in Washington DC.