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A photograph of ACSD's next Superintendent, Wendy Baker

Superintendent
Dr. Wendy Baker

Addison Central School District
49 Charles Ave
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-382-1274

 

Dr. Wendy Baker is a multigenerational Vermonter with thirty years of demonstrated success supporting students, teachers, schools, and leaders to achieve at high levels.

Dr. Baker spent the first twenty years of her career serving Vermont public education, including her work as a tutor within the Chittenden County Correctional Center, a Nationally Board-Certified Middle School Humanities teacher, a School Improvement Specialist within the Vermont Department of Education, a Middle School Principal, and a Superintendent of Schools in the Orange East Supervisory Union.

As a higher education administrator with Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. Baker led the development of non-traditional programming for support staff, teachers, and leaders across New England. She also managed strategic partnerships that brought transformative, place-based academic programs to students, teachers, and leaders across the country and in many countries throughout the world. Her team’s work was nominated for an EdTech Award in 2020 in recognition of its outstanding contribution to transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Dr. Baker served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Clinton Community College, which focused her attention toward community partnerships, philanthropy, and grant acquisitions. Currently, she collaborates with community organizations as a philanthropic developer and independent advisor for state, federal, and foundation grant opportunities.

Dr. Baker’s passion is deeply rooted in social justice and equity. Alongside her full-time roles, she has sought to gain perspective across cultural contexts as a consultant with more than fifty diverse organizations across the United States, in Liverpool, England, and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2013, she has developed and taught graduate coursework and advised doctoral research in equitable teaching and leadership practices, socially just public policy, and positive organizational development.

Dr. Baker is excited for the opportunity to return to a leadership role within Vermont’s K12 educational community. She is particularly delighted to be able to serve students and families within Addison County, where her family originally settled in VT during the mid-1700s.

In her free time, you’ll find Dr. Baker on the basketball court officiating boys and girls varsity games on both sides of Lake Champlain, playing the imaginary game of the day with her granddaughter, or digging deep into the shelves of the secondhand bookshop she owns with her husband Rich in Plattsburgh, NY.  She looks forward to getting to know the priorities, people, and communities of ACSD as Superintendent.

The Addison Central School District

(ACSD) serves 1,650 students from Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Weybridge from preschool through twelfth grade. ACSD is a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District which offers the IB PreK-12 continuum of Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs. The coordinated curriculum provides proficiency-based learning and assessment, consistency and equity in student instruction throughout the district.

Our seven elementary schools come together in 6th grade at Middlebury Union Middle School (MUMS) and continue to Middlebury Union High School (MUHS). The district is proud to provide its elementary students with a week of outdoor learning at the local Keewaydin Environmental Education Center, and the culmination of the IB Middle Years program incorporates student research and reflection into an independent passion project. ACSD also cultivates critical thinking in its students by requiring completion of Theory of Knowledge for graduation, a course that challenges students to examine what they know and how they know it. In addition to the IB Diploma Program, students at MUHS have the opportunity to access a diversity of technical programs at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, which shares a campus with MUHS. The high school also offers an array of flexible pathways to graduation for students through Vermont’s Dual Enrollment Program, Early College, and Virtual High School.

ACSD supports a wide range of extracurricular activities in its schools, including band and choir in its elementary schools, and sports, band, choir, art, theater, student council, as well as a number of special interest, academic, and social justice/environmental service clubs in the middle and high schools.

Addison Central School District
49 Charles Avenue
Middlebury, Vt 05753

Telephone: 802-382-1274
Fax: 802-388-0024