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Karen Winter Stewart MSW / Executive Director

Karen was appointed Interim Executive Director as of September 1, 2015 and on January 1, 2016 assumed full leadership of LAPDA. She replaces long-term director Bob Stanton who will continue as a co-director of the VT Professional Learning Network through June, 2016.

Karen’s work in special education, school counseling and school administration has been consistently progressive and student centered. Her personal and professional commitment is to a transformed American education where teachers are skilled at guiding students through an engaging adventure in personalized learning that develops self-efficacy and leaves no learning gaps for any child.

To achieve this goal, Karen has been a leader participant in professional learning offered to teachers in order to provide support and accountability for classroom implementation. She has been tireless in her pursuit of state-of-the-art professional learning for teachers prompting one colleague and Rowland Fellow to say, “this has been the best PD of my career”.

Karen expects to add her innovative expertise to the high quality, expert professional learning that has been a LAPDA trademark for the last 20 years.

Karen’s education includes a BS and MSW from the University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Snelling Center for Educational Leadership and has received extensive continuing education from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education.


Tracie Locke / Program Manager

Tracie Locke has been with LAPDA since July 2008. Prior to joining the LAPDA staff, Tracie served as the Events Coordinator at Johnson State College. She is responsible for coordinating the planning, implementation and evaluation of all training events that take place through LAPDA.