January 1

Rae Ann Knopf appointed Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Education

first_imgRae Ann Knopf of St Johnsbury was confirmed as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education in a special meeting today. Knopf, who most recently served as the Assistant Director for Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, also serves as the department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) coordinator.“We on the State Board of Education are excited about Rae Ann Knopf’s appointment as Deputy Commissioner,” said Board Chair Fayneese Miller. “I have had the pleasure of watching her expertly steward the department and our education partners through the complexities of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. I personally look forward to working with her and the commissioner as we continue our work on the transformation of education in Vermont. ”Rae Ann Knopf has worked nationally over the last 26 years to establish learning communities where young people can thrive and realize their true potential. She uses her experience as a school administrator, clinical director, corporate executive and organizational development specialist to lead statewide efforts to continue strengthening Vermont’s educational system by implementing tiered systems of support and intervention for academics and behavior.Prior to joining the department, she has shown a career-long commitment to students in need in a whole range of educational settings, including serving as the Executive Director, Founder and Head of Bromley Brook Secondary School for the Aspen Education Group in Cerritos, CA; as the Vice President of Private Education Operations, and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, of CEDU Family of Services for the Brown Schools of Boston. Prior to that, she served several years at VisionQuest National LTD in Arizona, a national organization providing treatment to adolescents with severe emotional and behavior difficulties. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Western Michigan University, and her Master of Social Work in Social Policy and Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Knopf most recently founded an academically rigorous residential secondary school in Manchester, Vermont for girls facing significant personal and emotional challenge. “The appointment of Rae Ann Knopf as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Transformation and Innovation will greatly benefit the children of our state,” said Commissioner Vilaseca. “She has demonstrated leadership in innovative school practices prior to her arrival at the department.  Her diverse experience in the private sector and non-profit private schools brings a different perspective to this role and compliments my experience in public schools. Her work with schools has had a positive impact on students and has helped provide schools with systems that support all students reaching their potential. She is respected both within and outside of our department and I look forward to working with her and the benefits she will bring to Vermont schools. ”Knopf’s duties as the next in command under Commissioner Armando Vilaseca will include, but are not limited to, overseeing the programmatic divisions of the department, which encompass Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, Lifelong Learning, Standards and Assessment, Educator Quality, and Independent and Federal Programs. She will also play a critical leadership role in the department regarding the Transformation of Education effort, State Board work and advising Commissioner Vilaseca on policy matters. She will continue her role as the ARRA coordinator for the department.“These are both challenging and exciting times for education in Vermont,” says Knopf. “Challenging because the current economic realities force us to constantly reassess our priorities. Exciting because our understanding of how children learn and accessibility to global educational resources increases exponentially every year. I look forward to working with Commissioner Vilaseca, the department staff, and educators across the state to put our collective knowledge to use in helping each child in Vermont to thrive and recognize their true potential.”Knopf will begin serving as deputy commissioner on October 11. Source: Vermont Dept of Education. 10.8.2009last_img read more

September 21

Mourinho happy to economise

first_img Press Association Mourinho still had a busy first transfer window after returning to Stamford Bridge, with Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Willian all commanding big fees. But the Portuguese stopped short of pushing for the likes of Falcao and Cavani, who ended up at Ligue 1 sides Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, because the outlays would have jeopardised Chelsea’s standing when it comes to UEFA’s new rules on spending. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was interested in signing the likes of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani in the summer – but claims he did not go through with deals to keep the Blues in line with the new Financial Fair Play rules.center_img Mourinho’s Chelsea are currently top of the Barclays Premier League and are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and, when asked if Financial Fair Play was the reason moves for Cavani and Falcao never got off the ground, he replied: “Correct. Because of transfer fees and salaries. “Players are not just about transfer fees, but big wages. Of course there’s a certain profile of player we don’t go near.” Mourinho claimed to relish the challenge of the financial restraints, adding: “It’s even better and even more enjoyable work, I think.” Chelsea have been synonymous with spending big on players since Roman Abramovich took over at the club more than a decade ago. But now Mourinho is overseeing a change in philosophy, with over £20million profit taken throughout January as the signings of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah were offset with the sales of Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata. Former Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach Mourinho praised the work done by his predecessors as he believes Chelsea will be in a strong position when financial restraints come into place that could see some of Europe’s biggest sides fall foul and miss out on entering the Champions League. “Chelsea made great investment in the past, and in some moments were also a bit criticised because we did so much,” he added. “But things change. Chelsea adapted well to the situation. When you see De Bruyne, who played three or four matches for Chelsea, gave us a big profit, there are other players who maybe don’t play a single match for Chelsea and we will sell them at a profit. “We had to organise ourselves in a different way. Before me, Chelsea did fantastic work in this level: (Romelu) Lukaku, De Bruyne, (Thibaut) Courtois, young (Thorgan) Hazard, Piazon. Not all of them will have a career at Chelsea, but all of them are important in this new financial organisation. “So Chelsea worked very, very well and probably started doing that before other clubs. Because of that, even if Financial Fair Play comes into practice, I think Chelsea are advanced projecting that new situation and did very, very well. It was before me.” last_img read more

August 16

Davis Cup: B&H-Greece 1:0

first_imgThe B&H tennis team ended the match against Greece with the result 1:0. This game was part of the first round of the second group of the Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup, held in Sarajevo.The first victory for theB&H team was achieved by Mirza Bašić at the stadium “Ramiz Salčin”, who confirmed his status by beating Alexandros Jakupovic with 6:3, 6:2, 6:2.Damir Džumhur (144) and Markos Kalovelonis (619) will hold a match today as part of the program.(Source: Fena)last_img