Superintendent Rene Sanchez
Rene Sanchez serves as the new superintendent in the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont. By taking the role in Vermont, it is a return home for his family. His wife, Jean, is a native of Brattleboro and an alumnus of the University of Vermont.
In South Bend, as the Assistant Superintendent for Operations for the South Bend Community School Corporation. He oversaw Human Resources and Transportation. Within HR, he created the New Teacher training monthly series focusing on equity and Universal Design for Learning. In the transportation realm, he spearheaded placing WIFI on the district’s school buses. This action led to South Bend Schools’ bridging the digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic and to recognition of the district in local, state, and national news.
Prior to that, as principal of Houston ISD’s 3000+ student Chavez High School, his team founded the IB Diploma and Career Programmes, the Process Technology A.A.S program with San Jacinto College, was featured in the book, UDL: Moving from Exploration to Integration for its culture and use of Universal Design for Learning schoolwide, and was recognized by America Achieves and the Organization for Economic and Community Development for closing the academic gap with affluent schools. Scholarships increased from $6 million to over $19 million. And, in just 3 years, his vertical team increased their fine arts programs by 250%.
Originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Rene completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies. He has a law degree from Ohio State. From the University of Texas at Austin, he has a Master’s degree in Education. He is currently enrolled at Indiana State to conclude his Ph.D.
He has been married to Jean for sixteen years, and they have three children and three dogs. He loves to cycle, cook, read, fish, golf, and work in the garden and yard.
Jeanne Jensen, COO
Jeanne Jensen is the Chief Operations Officer for the Champlain Valley School District, responsible for support services: Budget Development, Financial Operations, Facilities Maintenance and Capital Improvements, IT, Food Service, and Transportation. She earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MBA from New York University, and enjoyed a challenging 35-year career in the Microelectronics Division of IBM. Jeanne and her husband David raised their two children in Williston, both graduates of CVU. She served for over a decade as chair of both the CVU and Chittenden South Supervisory Union school boards. Jeanne divides her time between her home in Hinesburg and her camp in South Hero where she gardens, paddles, and reads almost any book that crosses her path.
Jeff Evans, Director of Learning and Innovation
Jeff lives in Shelburne, where he and his wife raised three children, who are all grown now and who are all graduates of Shelburne Community School and CVU High School. After a ten-year career in professional baseball as an umpire, he retired, earned his degree at Norwich University, and later earned a Master’s of Education degree. He taught English and coached several teams at CVU for 18 years, including varsity basketball and golf. Jeff then became a house director for two years and the CVU principal for two years before moving into his current role for CVSD. He entered education to be a positive influence on the lives of young adults as they enter into a world of possibilities. He loves golfing, reading, and attending live sporting events.
Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services
Meagan has been an educator in Vermont since 2002 and has served as CVSD’s Director of Student Support Services since 2011. She began her Vermont teaching career as an Intensive Needs special educator, and her professional endeavors are deeply linked to her beliefs about social justice and the need to ensure that schools are able to provide a high-quality education to all students. Supporting systems to effectively meet the needs of every learner has been at the forefront of Meagan’s career, and she has delivered keynote addresses, workshops, and university courses in the field of intensive needs education and special education leadership. Meagan is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, MA, and completed her Master and Doctoral degrees in UVM’s Education Leadership and Policy Studies program. She is a past President of the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators and serves as the Chair of the Census-Based Funding Advisory Group. Meagan spends her free time with her family in South Burlington.
Mark McDermott, Director of Human Resources: Personnel, Policy and Legal Services
Mark has been the Director of Human Resources: Personnel, Policy and Legal Services for the Champlain Valley School District since the 2017-18 school year. He is a 1991 graduate of Northeastern University and a 1999 graduate of the Boston College Law School. Mark’s involvement on school boards and his strong belief in public education led him to seek an active role in the District. He and his family live in Charlotte.
Bonnie Birdsall, Director of Digital Learning & Communication
Bonnie Birdsall grew up in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts after which she taught second grade in a small private school in Boston. She earned her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then worked on a national school reform project in Cambridge and Worcester, MA. She went back to teaching when she moved to Vermont, in a Williston multiage first-second grade class before following her passion for technology in education to the role of Digital Learning Leader. She is the 2015 Vermont recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen award. Bonnie completed the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont School Leadership Project in 2018. Recognizing the value and importance of telling our stories led to a focus on communication and public relations. She transitioned to her current position as Director of Digital Learning & Communication for the district in 2018. Bonnie has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, taught graduate-level and local courses, and enjoys working with young kids and grown-up kids alike. Bonnie lives in Shelburne with her husband. Their two sons went through CVSD schools. She enjoys good books, good walks, and good food.