Administration

Judith Pullinen ~ Superintendent 802-287-5286 X203 judith.pullinen@rswsu.org

Judith Pullinen has worked in Vermont education for all of her career. Beginning with a brief stint as a paraprofessional following her graduation from Castleton State College in 1973 in Health and Physical Education, she taught Health at Springfield High School and later developed the Health and Human Services Program at River Valley Technical Center. During her career, she was named Vermont Technical Education Teacher of the Year, served as Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator for Springfield School District, and served on numerous committees including the Inservice Committee, Crisis Committee and as a mentor for new teachers.

In 2001, she completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Castleton State College (now Castleton University) and became the Principal of Riverside Middle School in Springfield. In 2001, she completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Castleton State and became the Principal of Riverside Middle School in Springfield. She later went on to serve as Superintendent of Rutland-Windsor Supervisory Union, Director/Superintendent of River Valley Technical Center, and Superintendent of Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union. At the state level, Mrs. Pullinen served as the President of the Vermont State Association of Career and Technical Center Directors, as the Vermont Representative to the Tri-State Career and Technical Center Association, and as a regional representative on the Vermont Superintendent’s Association Board. During her first year at RSWSU, she will be focusing on the development of Quarry Valley Unified Union School District and Wells Springs Unified Union School District, while supporting the continued educational progress of the RSWSU students and schools.

During her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking with her husband and dogs, and spending time with her family, especially her two young grandsons.

  

Louis Milazzo ~ Business Manager 802-287-5286 x201 louis.milazzo@rswsu.org 

Louis Milazzo resides in the town of Poultney with his wife Jaime and 4 children Isabella (12), Lucas (10), Nicolas (8) and James (1). He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. He has been Business Manager for Rutland Southwest since 2008.  Mr. Milazzo attained the standing of Certified Business Manager through VASBO in 2014.  Prior to working for Rutland Southwest, he had 10 years of accounting and finance experience with the private sector. His last role was Business Manager for RetailVision, an international magazine distributor located in Middlebury, Vermont. In that role Louis managed all aspects of the business office.


Rick Beal ~ Principal, Middletown Springs Elementary School 802-235-2365 rick.beal@rswsu.org 

Rick Beal became the Principal of Middletown Springs Elementary School in July 2011. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 2008 through the Woodruff Institute for School Leaders at Castleton State College. Rick has been Principal and Assistant Principal in Benson and Bristol respectively where he was involved in many initiatives to improve student learning. Prior to becoming an Administrator, Rick taught kindergarten and Title I in Maine and Vermont and was a 21st Century Grant After-School Coordinator in Phillips Maine. Originally from Maine, Rick graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture Mechanization and later a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He dairy farmed with his family for twenty years before making a career change into education. Rick resides in Ira with his wife, a teacher also, and two dogs. 
 

Tracy Gallipo~ Director of Guidance, Poultney High School 802-287-5861 x241 tracy.gallipo@rswsu.org

Tracy grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology at the College of St. Joseph. Tracy worked for a number of years in the field of college admissions counseling and has been a licensed guidance counselor since 2002.Tracy is a member of the Rutland Area Guidance Counselors college fair planning committee. She is also a member of the executive board for the Greater Rutland Asian Studies Project (GRASP) and traveled to China with the group in 2004. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and going to the beach with her family. 
 

Joe DeBonis~  Principal, Poultney High School 802-287-5861 x203 joe.debonis@rswsu.org 

Joe DeBonis  returned to Poultney High School as the Dean of Students and  in 2014 became the Assistant Principal. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Joe became Principal of PHS.  After graduating from PHS, Joe earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and went on to complete his Masters in Education from the College of St. Joseph’s. Before returning to get his masters degree, Joe worked for the Rutland County Solid Waste District and The Brass Butterfly. Joe taught Language Arts at Fair Haven Grade School and currently teaches English Composition at Community College of Vermont. He has worked with children all his life, volunteering to coach in the Poultney Community League and being a certified official in basketball and baseball. Joe lives in Poultney with his wife, Leanna, and his two children, Emily and Jacob. 


Andrea Wallach ~ Assistant Principal, Poultney High School 802-287-5861 andi.wallach@rswsu.org

I am excited to be back at Poultney High School this year! Now that I know the students, staff, and community better, I am even more grateful to be here and more eager to do all I can for our students.

 A little bit about me: I grew up in Philadelphia and earned an academic scholarship to Temple University where I completed a Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in Secondary Mathematics. Then I taught Mathematics for 15 years, working with students of diverse backgrounds in both middle and high school settings. During my teaching career, I earned a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College, with a focus on meeting the learning needs of all students. Next came a position as a Professional Development Specialist with an Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania, a regional agency that supports the initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In my eight years there, I worked with educational leaders, teachers, teacher assistants and others to improve teaching and learning outcomes for students in 15 school districts. I completed a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 2012. In 2015, I joined Poultney High School and the RSWSU leadership team to work with PHS teachers, parents and community to ensure that all our students achieve and grow academically, socially and personally. 

 On a personal note, I have three grown children (one here in Vermont) and two beautiful grandchildren.



Kristen Caliguiri~ Principal, Poultney Elementary School 802 287-5212 kristen.caliguiri@rswsu.org 

Kristen Caliguiri graduated from Castleton State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She obtained a Master’s in Education when she graduated suma cum laude in 2005 from the College of Saint Joseph and subsequently received her Principal’s endorsement from the state of Vermont. 
Kristen has been working in education for over sixteen years, with classroom teaching experience spanning from the kindergarten through grade six level. As a teacher she served on her school’s EST, Action Planning, Language Arts, Foundation for Excellent Schools, and Capstone committees. As her school’s Assessment Coordinator, Kristen was responsible for the organization, distribution and scheduling of all NECAP and related materials. In addition, she created an assessment brochure which outlined various school-wide programs and activities, as well as reported data trends for three years in regard to NECAP, DRA and SAT scores. 
Kristen was an active member of her district’s mentoring program and training, in addition to 
serving on the district’s local comprehensive assessment team which was a responsible for gathering and organizing data, as well as planning Pre-K – 12 initiatives and in-service. She continues to be an advocate for community and college partnerships, and embedded professional development as a means to support student learning. Kristen was trained as a Curriculum Auditor in 2009. 

Lisa Mattison, Principal Wells Village School (802) 645-0386 – lisa.mattison@rswsu.org

Lisa comes to Wells from New Bedford, Massachusetts to join the Wells school team beginning July 1, 2015. Lisa brings to her position a wealth of education and experience. She has her Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Lesley College and her Bachelor of Arts in humanities, elementary education, and special education. Lisa was most recently the Principal of Carlos Pacheco Elementary School (PreK-5) in New Bedford, Massachusetts with an enrollment of 425 students. As well as being the instructional leader of Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, she served on several district level teams such as the data team and the accelerated improvement team.

Prior to her role as public school principal, Lisa was the Founding Head and Executive Director of Our Sisters’ School, a private middle school. Lisa was responsible for the academic program, professional development and faculty evaluation as well as partnering with constituent groups and parents to raise the start-up monies and the annual operating funds. Lisa’s teaching included reading and humanities at the middle school level (grades 5-8).

Lisa is excited to join the Wells Village School family. She has many family members in the area and has a home here as well. 


Bernie Peatman, Director of Curriculum, Grants, Technology and Professional Development (802) 287-5286 - bernie.peatman@rswsu.org


Tammy Rescott, Director of Student Support Services (802) 287-5286 X208 - tammy.rescott@rswsu.org

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