Awards and Recognitions


NELMS-VAMLE 2020 Scholar Leader Awards

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholar Leaders chosen by 26 Vermont schools.
Here are the 2020 Scholar Leader Awards schools


VAMLE Teacher Awards

2020 Rising Star in Middle Level Education Award

Gerlisa Garrett – Stowe Middle School

Justin Merrill – Fair Haven Grade School

2020 Master of Middle Level Education Award

Eric Brunvand – Shelburne Community School

Kathleen Geno – Rutland Middle School

VAMLE Board has been named the NESSC 2020 Vermont Champions

The Vermont 2020 NESSC Champion is the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education.

Sue Gee

The Vermont Association for Middle Level Education (VAMLE), founded in 1987, is the professional membership organization for schools that teach early adolescents, ages 10-15. The primary goal is the promotion of research-based, developmentally appropriate programs and practices. Board members are teachers, principals, and higher education faculty, dedicated to supporting middle level education.

Student-educator teams from schools across Vermont participate in the annual VAMLE conference, “Beyond Bullying: Creating a Culture of Respect in Learning Communities.” Partners in this endeavor include Special Olympics Vermont and A World of Difference Institute. Workshops, co-facilitated by students, are focused on strategies that schools can implement to prevent bullying and discrimination; and thereby, create a school that is welcoming to all students. Held at Champlain College, students from rural Vermont experience what it is like to go to college.

Middle School Is Not a Building, produced by stakeholders in 2009, identifies 10 goals for middle level programs and is now being updated with a digital, interactive format. As schools merge, mandated by the Legislature, the document provides essential guidance to teachers for assessing and maintaining middle level programs and practices, no matter where grades 5-8 are housed. Personalized learning, embedded in the updated edition, is a key element in guiding students in their goals beyond middle and high school.

VAMLE acknowledges and celebrates the leadership of Sue Gee, the executive director. Monica McEnerny, board president, will be accepting the Vermont State Champion Award on behalf of the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education.