Early Childhood Program Staff


    I have been working for the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs since 2003 and am excited about my new role continuing the work Melanie Boyle did for our youngest students through the Early Childhood Program.
    My first position with FCECP was at the Fairfield Preschool from 2003-2007 when the classroom was in East Fairfield and we partnered with Head Start. Then I moved down to St. Albans to run the Barlow St. Preschool, which was to focus on interventions for students with Autism. The program quickly grew and more sessions were added and our programming expanded. In addition to being a classroom teacher and case manager, Ialso became a trainer for various initiatives, most fondly the work around PBiS for early childhood. (Catch names for this include CSEFEL, Pyramid Model for preventing Challenging Behaviors, MTSS, and now eMTSS). Last year I did coaching to fellow teachers around the practices of eMTSS.
    Outside of my teaching I also served as president for both VAEYC (Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children) and DEC (Division for Early Childhood, ECSE professional group) and taught for UVM and the Higher Education Collaborative. In the past I have taught Kindergarten, second and third grades.
    I live in Burlington with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy teaching and playing tennis, swimming, cycling and I’ve been known to make a hat or two.

    Hi, I'm Michelle Spence and I coordinate the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs.  I have been with the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs since 2000.

I married my high school sweetheart in 1989 and we have four children, a dog and a cat. 

I grew up in Winooski and spent 10 years in North Carolina when my husband was serving in the Marine Corps.   I currently live in St Albans City.  I love cooking, gardening, reading, knitting, crafts, and walking with my dog.  I also play the clarinet and love to travel!

    My name is Bethany Thompson. I am a Special Educator with Franklin Central Early Childhood Programs. This is my second year with this program. I was a preschool teacher for three years before becoming a stay at home mom for 10 years with my five children now ages from 8-14 years old. I started in this program as a full-time Special Educator after finishing my student teaching in the Fairfield preschool for my Master’s program.

    I have been in the early childhood field since 2003 in various positions and environments. I have been with the Early Childhood Programs since 2009 and have lived in Franklin County most of my life. I enjoy spending time with my family and my niece.  I’m currently busy building her new home.

    I am Beth Mills, and I am one of the speech-language pathologists in the Franklin Central Supervisory Union Early Childhood Programs. This is my tenth year with the program.  I am primarily at St. Albans City School, and I also visit many of the homes and childcare centers in the district. I live in Fairfax with my husband, son (9), daughter (12), dog, two cats, two rats, four chickens, and several fish. I love to be outside: biking, swimming, skiing, and camping.  I also love getting lost in books.  

    My name is Cathy Montagne. I am starting my second year at St. Albans City School as a Para educator in the preschool part-day program.  I live with my wonderful husband David and we raised three beautiful daughters.  We also have four fabulous grandchildren. I am very fortunate, that after helping to run our farms for 36 years, I have come full circle and I am doing what I love most...working with small children.

    I am a para-educator at St. Albans City School’s full-day preschool program.  I have been with FCECP for 14 years: serving in Enosburg for nine years and St. Albans City School for five years.  I have almost completed the Vermont Apprenticeship Program. I live in Fairfield with my husband Michael, daughter Ashley (23) and my son Dylan (18). My hobbies include camping, listening to old country music,  gardening, and spending time with my family and friends.  

    I am a Pre-K Teacher and Special Educator at Barlow Street School. I have a dual Master’s Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education, and I have been working in the field for seven years. I love the curiosity and confidence that preschoolers have, and I believe that all children are teachable. In my free time I love cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors.

    My name is Debra Gleason and I am one of the PreK Expansion teachers at the St Albans City Elementary school.  I have taught preschool for 14 years and prior to that, was a first-grade teacher.  I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in education with an endorsement in early childhood education.  I live in Fairfax with my husband Tim and two cats.  Our children are named Jess, Jon, Danielle, Timmy and we have three grand children: Cate, Aubrielle & Piper.  I enjoy skiing, walking, sewing, and knitting, but my favorite pastime is curling up with a good book.  I am excited to begin our new year and can’t wait to get start!

    This is my 5th year at Fairfield. I grew up in Fairfield and moved to Enosburg after I got married in August. I am currently working towards getting certified in Early Childhood Special Ed through a peer review. I love baking and being at the beach!

    My name is Melissa Audette, and I'm excited to be teaching Pre-K at St. Albans City School this year!  I have a Master's Degree in Education as well as a certificate in Behavior and Therapy and have been in the education field for 13+ years.  I love teaching and learning! In my free time you'll find me hanging out with my 7-year old Siberian husky or participating in a variety of activities that keep me active!  I love Vermont and enjoy exploring different parts of the state and visiting small towns.

    My name is Jessica Barnes. I am the administrative assistant for the Early Childhood Programs for the Franklin Central Supervisory Union. I am in my ninth year on the team. I live in St. Albans with my husband, two teenage children, and our dog Cody. I love being part of the community that I work in and feel such a part of. I grew up in Vermont and love most everything about it except the cold weather.

    I am the Family Service Coordinator / Special Educator at one of the City School PreK expansion classrooms.  I have been with the Early Childhood Programs (ECP) since 1996. I have my early childhood and early childhood special education endorsements.  My passion is teaching children social emotional skills/foundations for life-long learning. I live in Milton with my husband and three sons.  We have three Beagle dogs, a fish, and chickens.  I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming in our pool, and cooking.  I also like to paint pictures (when I can find quiet time), arts, crafts and I attempt to crochet.  I also own my own business as an AdvoCare Health and Wellness Coach and Independent Distributor.

    I have been working with the Early Childhood Programs since 2006. Prior to that I was with Americore and worked with the Franklin County Bookmobile. I have two children and live in the St. Albans area.

    My name is Miranda Friz. This is my first year as a para with Saint Albans City School. I have previously worked as an individual assistant through Head Start at SATEC. I am from St. Albans, a Mom of four and former active duty Navy. I love reading, gardening, and living back in Vermont after many years away.

    I started working for Franklin County Early Childhood Programs in 2007, the year after my son graduated from the program. I started in the program working as an individual aide to some awesome kids and now I work as as classroom assistant. I love to have fun with the kids and watch them learn and grow. I have two teenage boys and a husband. We live by the lake in St. Albans Bay. After school I manage and assist my husband at our martial arts school.

    My name is Jodie Marshall.
    This is my first year as a para in Pre-K at SACS.
    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Ed.
    I have a son Dylan age 15 & a daughter Maya age 10.
    I enjoy going to the gym, baking, & creative arts.

    I grew up in Northern New York, and moved to Vermont three years ago. This year will be my fourth year teaching at the early childhood level, and I am very excited to join the FCSU team! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and I am finishing my Master's Degree in Special Education this year at UVM. I am a huge fan of outdoor activities, superheroes, giraffes, singing, and painting. If you have any puns or cheesy jokes, send them my way!

    Hi I'm Sarah McNulty~  this is my third year with Franklin County Early Childhood Program. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. I soon hope to pursue a master’s degree in Special Education. I have two sons that I love to spend time with, being outside, going to the lake or ocean, or watching football.

    I am a para at Saint Albans City School prekindergarten. I have worked in the early childhood program for seven years. I live in Saint Albans and I worked at the school for nine years until my youngest child graduated. I have an awesome family of five plus one. Along with being a foster mom, I love to paint and relax.

    I am originally from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and graduated from North Country Union High School. I did my undergraduate work at UVM and got my master's degree in Speech Pathology from UVM as well. I live with my family in Fairfield, Vermont.

    I am Kelsey Rouleau and I have been working in the early childhood field for the past 12 years. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood and a Vermont State Teaching License. This will be my first year teaching preschool at St. Albans Town Educational Center. When not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my partner Tyler, our son Jack, and our dog Tyson. I am also the JV Cheerleading Coach at BFA-St Albans.

    My name is Karen Visconti, I was born and raised in Long Island NY, if you listen closely you may catch a glimpse of my accent. I went to SUNY Old Westbury for my Bachelor’s degree and Queens College for my Master’s degree. I am certified in Elementary (n-6), Special Education (birth-21yrs of age), and Reading (k-12). My husband and I have four beautiful children. We enjoy competitive target shooting as a family, and my girls and I play the violin. I not only play in an ensemble, but I also play in weddings.

    I graduated from Champlain College with a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Social Work and Human Services. I have worked for the Early Childhood Program for two years at many of our sites such as, Fairfield Center School, Barlow, and St. Albans Town School. I am originally from St. Louis, MO and moved to St. Albans VT nine years ago. I have two daughters, nine and eleven years old and two cats, Ollie and Snowflake. I enjoy reading, camping, and traveling.