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.
Jessica Hoskins, CVU Director of Special Education
Jess is the Director of Special Services at CVU. She has worked at CVU since 2009, first as an intensive needs paraeducator, then as a program assistant, and then as a special educator starting in 2014. She graduated from St. Michael's College in 2009 with a degree in history and education, and earned her Master's degree in Special Education from St. Michael's in 2017. She lives in Jericho with her husband (also a special educator!), daughter, and son. Her other love is aquatics, and she has taught many CVSD students how to swim and certified them as lifeguards through her work at area pools before her children were born.
Ricky McCollum, CVU Activities Director
Ricky McCollum, a Brooklyn native, moved and attended high school in upstate New York in a small town in Orange County. Ricky was an All-State athlete in basketball, football, track, and a high school basketball McDonald's All-American nominee. In his limited free time, you would find him playing chess, practicing the saxophone, or singing in the chorus club. McCollum accepted a Division I football scholarship to play at the University of Connecticut (UConn) where he received his Bachelor's degree in Human Development. In addition to McCollum’s athletic accolades, he also received a master's degree in counseling at Pace University. In his previous position, he worked as the Athletic Director of Fitness and Wellness for Vaughn College and Head Men’s Basketball Coach where he was named the 2015-16 Coach of the Year. He brought a culture of discipline and work ethic to the Vaughn College Warriors.
In his spare time, McCollum enjoys hitting the weight room, long runs with his better half, watching movies with his son, traveling the world, cards, and competing in random challenges with family and friends. Ricky recently joined the Vermont Air National Guard in 2020 as a reserve and volunteers around town with youth in the community. Ricky currently resides in Hinesburg with his family.
At CVU, McCollum looks to create an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion; fostering a culture that develops all students holistically, providing them with experiences that last a lifetime.
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.