Rae 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. 10.8.2009
Next up is Denis Hogan, who has two horses in the 6:40, in the shape of Burren View Lady and Amazing Star.David Wachman and Aidan O’ Brien have four entries competing in the 7:10; Harpist and Fastnet for Wachman and Adeste Fideles and Beyond Brilliance for O’ Brien.Half an hour later the Andrew Slattery-trained Merry Mast will compete alongside Elusive Award, trained by TJ O’ Mara, with Slattery also saddling up Sharjah in the Dundalk Stadium Handicap, which goes to post at 8:40.And the final race of the evening at 9:10 sees Tommy Stack sending in Carrie Bow Cay.Meanwhile Edward O’ Grady also has two entries on the 7 race card at Down Royal, which starts at 1:05.He sends Hell Cat Maggie in the 1:35 and Curraghchase in the Allianz Handicap Hurdle, which goes to post at 2:40. Dundalk hosts this evening’s 8 race card, where the first is off at 5:40.Six Tipperary trainers will try their luck at Dundalk this evening, with four of them each saddling up two entries.David Marnane is first to go, with Sassy But Classy running in the opener- the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fund Maiden, while he also sends Harry Trotter in the following race, at 6:10.