BaDawna Gallipo: Clara Martin School-Based Clinician, Royalton
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BaDawna has called Vermont her home all her life.  One would say that she has generational roots in the Green Mountain State. BaDawna was offered the opportunity to be a part of WRVSU by Clara Martin Center in 2021 as the School Based Clinician.  She fully enjoys the welcoming community here at WRVSU.  She received her Bachelors of Social Work from Castleton University and her Masters of Social Work from University of New England.  I have been a part of the Social Work field since 2009 focusing on loving her career that has been primarily focused on supporting children and their families.  She enjoys spending time with her family, and her several pets!  BaDawna also enjoys teaching herself the art of stained glass, creative writing, and well anything that is artistic!  You can reach her at or

Shane Oakes: Student Support Coordinator, Royalton
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Shane has worked as the Student Support Coordinator at the South Royalton Campus since 2019.  He has over 20 years of experience in the field of education and supporting students and families.  A husband and father to two girls, he enjoys spending time with family as well as canoeing, basketball, golf and running. You can reach Shane at

Linda Dean Orr: Speech-Language Pathologist, Bethel
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Linda enjoys working with all of our students to improve speech, language and written language skills from preschool through eighth grade. She has worked in the district since 1977 in Bethel, Stockbridge, and Rochester schools. She even worked in the one-room schoolhouse in Granville and the two-room schoolhouse in Hancock when she first started working in this district. You can reach Linda at

Katherine Roe: Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, SU
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Katherine joined the WRVSU in 2008 as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant.  She visits five schools within the district, including South Royalton. When not working, she gardens, volunteers, reads, trains a retired racehorse, and enjoys the company of her husband and three grown children. You can reach Katherine at

Jesse Dewey: Special Educator & 504 Coordinator, Bethel
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Jesse started working at WRVMS in 2022.  She is the 7th and 8th grade Special Educator/504 Coordinator.  Jesse has been working in Special Education for the past 14 years.  She lives in Randolph with her daughter, Leanna, and their dog, Emma.  Jesse is always looking to travel and go on adventures.  When she's not at school she can be found reading, playing softball, or spending time with her family.  You can reach Jesse

Matt Velky
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Hello! Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!

My name is Matthew Velky and I am the Special Educator at the South Royalton Elemenatry. I have been working in special education for over 20 years in a variety of settings. This year, I am excited to work with you, your children, and all the other amazing teachers, paraeducators, and staff at the school in making sure that we all have a wonderful year!

I can be reached at Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Again I am looking forward to working with you and hope you all have a wonderful school year!

Emily Finn: Occupational Therapist
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Emily enjoys working with students of all ages to improve their participation in school and success in the school environment. She is new to the WRVSU team and is excited to provide OT services in Bethel, Stockbridge, and Rochester. Emily is originally from a small town in upstate New York and enjoys hiking and skiing. In 2019, Emily graduated from St. Bonaventure University with her Bachelors in Health Science and she received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in 2021. In her free time, you will find Emily visiting local coffee shops, spending time with friends, and going on walks with her puppy, Arlo. You can reach Emily at

Sandy Tracy: Student Support Coordinator, Bethel

Sandy has worked as a Student Support Coordinator for the White River Valley School since 2019. She recently began working across both elementary campuses supporting students and families. Sandy enjoys building relationships, making community connections, and really good jokes. When not in school, she can be found doing all things outdoors with her husband, Josh, and their fun-seeking daughter, Sawyer. You can reach Sandy at

Christian McCrory: Behavior Analyst, SU
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Christian is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began working for the Clara Martin Center in January of 2021. He was previously employed by Washington County Mental Health Services and has been working in the behavioral field since 2010. He serves all schools within the supervisory union, providing consultation, assessment, and direct behavior analytic support. He lives in Randolph with his wife and 2 daughters. You can reach Christian at

Paige Jones: Behavior Support, Bethel
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Paige began working as a Case Manager for Clara Martin Center in WRVMS in 2021. Paige earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology while living in Pennsylvania where she grew up. While attending school in Pennsylvania, she was a Nanny for two children for over five years. Paige loves to challenge herself and is learning how to snowboard. Paige enjoys being in nature and with her dogs as much as possible. She can be contacted at or

Kate Mayer: Student Support Coordinator, Bethel
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Kate Mayer's first year at Bethel Middle school. Kate lives in Brookfield with her son and dog, where she is always into a DIY house project.  She enjoys being outside, kayaking, gardening, photography, going to concerts, watching football, snowshoeing, new adventures and traveling with her son.  Before returning to Vermont where she grew up, she was a corporate Consultant, and worked in several Government offices in Philadelphia, PA.  She can be reached at

Sarah Lucchina: Special Educator, Bethel & South Royalton
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Sarah began her teaching career as a special educator at White River Valley Middle and High School August of 2023. She resides in Barre with her dog, Galli. Sarah graduated from Arizona State University Online December of 2022 with distinction (high honors). She earned a Master of Education focusing on special education and teacher licensure in elementary education K-6 and special education K-age 21. She can be contacted at