Joan Paustian ~ Superintendent 802-287-5286 x203 

Dr. Joan Paustian is the superintendent of schools for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union serving the communities of Ira, Middletown Springs, Poultney, Tinmouth, and Wells. From July 2007 to June 2009, Joan served as the superintendent of schools for Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union also in Vermont. The focus of Joan’s work in Windsor Southwest was on improving communications, building positive learning environments, and improving student achievement. The concentration of work in Rutland Southwest will center on developing a long range plan for writing, implementing, and assessing a coordinated kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with aligned assessments in all content 
areas, in addition to establishing of a long range plan for professional development. Policy development will continue to be a priority. Assessing the use of technology to meet the needs 21st Century demands for our students will be another area to work for RSWSU. For the 17 years prior to becoming a Superintendent, Joan’s administrative career included serving as principal for both Pownal Elementary and Sunderland Elementary Schools. She also served as associate principal of Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury for 2 of those years. During all of these periods, Joan was an educational leader who led standards based curriculum development and analyzed assessment for learning to ensure that student learning was maximized. 
Joan first began teaching physical education in 1971 in suburban Massachusetts where she 
taught junior high one year and coached and taught at the high school level for many years. She then taught physical education and was the Athletic Director for 9 years in a kindergarten through eighth  grade Vermont School. Joan was named Vermont’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year 1988. In May 2004, Joan earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Vermont. She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in 1989 from Castleton State College in Educational Administration. In 1972, Joan was awarded a Master of Science Degree in physical education and as an athletic director from Springfield College and got her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New Hampshire in physical education and health in 1970. 
Advancing educational achievement for all students has been the concentration of Joan’s 
committee work. For seven years, she served on the Executive Board for the Vermont Principals’ Association. In addition, she collaborated in Vermont state initiatives such as on the Department of Education Committee for Assessment and Accountability, the Vermont Task Force for School Quality Standards, the Education Commissioner’s Team on Restructuring Professional Development, and the University of Vermont’s Educator Network. Joan also chaired and was a member of Public School Approval Teams and also evaluated the Teacher Preparation Programs for Norwich University and Vermont College. 

Louis Milazzo ~ Business Manager 802-287-5286 x201 

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 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 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  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

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 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. 


Tammy Rescott ~ Director of Student Support Services 802-287-5286 X208

Tammy Rescott has spent the last 16 years working in the Special Education field.  Prior to that, she stayed home and enjoyed raising her 2 children.  In 1993 she started her education career.  She graduated from Castleton State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and then The College of St. Joseph with a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  In 2012 Tammy completed the requirements for her Administrative (Building and District Levels) Certification through SUNY Plattsburgh.  She holds licensure as an Elementary Teacher (PreK-6), Special Education (K-12), SBL (School Building Leader), and SDL (School District Leader) in New York State.

Prior to coming to RSWSU, she was a Special Education Teacher in New York (2003-2012).  During this time Tammy was a coach at the high school level and mentored new teachers.  In 2012 she became a Director of Special Education (CSE/CPSE/504 Committee Chairperson).  Her role was to oversee services for the special education population within the district while assisting with the continuous implementation of the New Common Core Learning Standards.

Tammy lives in Granville, New York with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, especially her 3 grandsons. 

Lisa Mattison, Principal Wells Village School (802) 645-0386 –

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 X 2