The 2019 VCSEA Award Nominations are Now Open !

Nominations are due March 29, 2019.

Please click here to access the nomination form for the Golden Apple Award (both individual and team).

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) is pleased to sponsor our annual Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple is presented each spring to an individual or team who, through professionalism and advocacy for students with disabilities:  

    • Focuses on student strengths in the development of programs or activities that maximize students’ potential, 
    • Actively creates opportunities for students with disabilities to be fully engaged as members of the school community, 
    • Participates and contributes to a collaborative team process, 
    • Demonstrates resourcefulness in meeting student needs, and  
    • Demonstrates compassion and respect for students, family members and all members of the school community. 

While the Golden Apple is an educational award, this award is not restricted to educators.

The award will be presented in your Supervisory Union/Supervisory District to the recipient at a mutually convenient time by representatives of the VCSEA Board of Directors and the nominator.  

Please click here to access the nomination form for the Gail Lynk Special Administrator of the Year Award.

Gail Lynk was a special education administrator for many years in Addison Northwest Supervisory Union.  She had a tremendous, long lasting, positive impact on the students, families and professionals she worked with before her death.  

Each year, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a Vermont Special Education Administrator through the presentation of the Gail Lynk Administrator of the Year Award. This award recognizes exemplary effort and achievement on behalf of Vermont children with special needs.  This award is presented by VCSEA to a Special Education Administrator who demonstrates the pursuit of excellence in the field of Special Education.


Gail Lynk Administrator of the Year Award

2018:  Vicki Wells, Addison Central School 

2017:  Erin Maguire, Chittenden South SU

2016: Marisa Duncan-Holley, Windham Southeast SU

2015: Meagan Roy, Chittenden South SU

2014: Beth Hemingway, Grand Isle SU

2013: Judith Eklund, Caledonia Central SU

2012: Eloise McGarry, Rutland City SD

2011: Joanne LeBlanc, Orleans Southwest SU

2010: Kristin Benway, Addison-Rutland SU

2009: Pamela Reed, Rutland High School

2008: Karen Woolsey, Windsor Northwest SU

2007: Nancy Thomas, Washington Central SU

2006: Steve Kinney, Orange Southwest SU

2005: Susan Cano, Lamoille North SU

2004: Jeanne Collins, Burlington SD

2003: Carlene Bellamy, Washington Northeast SU

2002: Kathleen Buck, Southwest VT SU

2001: Linda Chaim, Franklin Northwest SU

2000: Adrienne Fischer, Franklin West SU

1999: Diane Treadway, Addison Northeast SU

1998: Jo-Anne Unruh, Hartford SD

1997: Linda Redmond, Barre Town

1996: Joyce Duback, Springfield SD

1995: Michelle LaRouche, Rutland Northeast SU

1994: Vicki Hornus, Burlington SD

1993: Terry Hurlbert, Essex North SU

1992: Janice Keffer, Milton SD

1991: Daniel Kucij, Franklin Central SU

1990: Barbara Rocray, Windham Southeast SU  

Golden Apple Award


 Individual Winners

2018: Caitlin Fort, Lyndon Town School

2017: Bruce Whitman, Leland and Grey High School

2016: Heidi Mosher, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union

2015: Jessica Kuzmich, Manchester Elementary School

2014: Linell Vilaseca, Champlain Valley Union High Shool

Team Winners

2018: Harwood Union Supervisory

Rachael Potts, Elizabeth King, Donna Mullins, Susan Whitehair, Brian Anderson, Kyla Allon, Ellen Bruneau 

and Shonna Hunter

2017: Proctor Elementary School. 

Jessica Houck, Becky Smith-McKee, Beth Mitchell, Abby Bennett, Sandi Reardon, and Amanda Anderson

2016: The Westford Middle School Team 

Dave Goss, Lee Lichtenstein, Sally Conant, Chris CichoskiKelly, Kristy Pigeon, Sheila Thurston, and Amy Gates

2015: The North Country Academy Team

Andrew Bouchard, Anita Mayhew, Cheryl Bugbee, Colleen Fagan, Chris Murphy, Jessica Puckett, Meg Norman, Pam Wade, Ryan Anderson, Rachel Maxwell, Robyn Midi, Richard Szymanski, & Rob Wing

2014: The Riverside Middle School Team

Darlene Petke, Val Gasco, Jeff Vandivere, Franco Chiapperini, Tom Green, Mary Ellen Schofield & Meredith Jez

2013: The Cambridge Elementary School 

Dianne Carlino-Desroches, Michelle Piche, Paulette Desell-Lund

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

Montpelier, Vermont 05602