Winooski School District

Fair, and 30 °F | Feb 26th: No School

Drew Blanchard

drew_blanchard I’m working hard at learning how to relax – it’s not something which comes naturally to me. Spending down-time with my wife and our pets, reading a good book, and being in my work shop all help me see the value in disconnecting from the Internet and the mile-a-minute pace which comes with being connected 24/7.

Education and Professional Experiences
I grew up in central New York and graduated from Mohawk High School before attending LeMoyne College in Syracuse – where I double majored in English and Journalism. Six years later, I went back to school to earn my license in elementary education, and have been a teacher since 1996. Along the way, I have worked as a journalist, a business analyst, managed a Goodyear Tire repair center, was a general contractor, had my own business as a fine furniture builder and refinisher, and have been a consultant Webmaster and computer repair technician.

What do you love about your current WSD position?
What I love about my current position: I get to work with almost everyone in the district, and am deeply passionate about including student voice and personalized learning here in Winooski. Technology can be an invaluable resource and tool for this work, and I get to show people how to use it effectively to further our goals and vision. It’s the best of all worlds.

What has been your greatest learning experience? (in or out of school)
It’s incredibly important to do something you love. Finding just what that is, though, can take time.

Who do you admire and why?
My wife is the person whom I admire most. She’s an incredible blend and balance of self awareness, patience, kindness, intelligence, and humor. Few people are as truly thoughtful (as in – she REALLY thinks) before speaking and acting – and it’s something to which I aspire.

What do you love about your current WSD position and the WSD community?
We have an extremely dedicated staff, eager to make changes and move forward. Our teachers see the value of using technology to excite learners, collaborate with students, and extend learning beyond the regular classroom day (and walls). That’s a rare and wonderful thing.