Staff report

Anna Couperthwait has been appointed director of student support services for the Champlain Valley School District (CVSD).

Couperthwait begins July 1, replacing Meagan Roy, who is the new superintendent of the Washington Central Supervisory Union.

Anna Couperthwait

Anna Couperthwait

Couperthwait has “both local CVSD historical knowledge as well as a full K-12 system perspective to our central office,” Superintendent Rene Sanchez said, “With these two qualities and more, I am confident that CVSD will continue to be a leading district in inclusive practices in Vermont and the nation.”

Couperthwait is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of Vermont and master’s from Lesley College, obtained her administrator’s license and attended the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont School Leadership Program.

She has been the director of special services at CVU since 2012, leading a department of 23 special educators and as many as 60 paraeducators. Prior to that, she was a special educator, classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and language arts teacher.

The director of student support services will collaborate with the directors of learning and innovation and diversity, equity and inclusion to oversee student support services in the CVSD. Primarily, the director oversees special education and serves as the liaison for local, state and federal programs providing services to students such as: school counseling, nurses, homeless children and families, the school psychological services program, and occupational and physical therapy services.

“I’ve learned so much over the years as a CVSD student, teacher, and administrator, and I’m excited to continue my professional journey at the district level,” Couperthwait said.