Hello! It seems you have found your way to the Principal’s Welcome page of our website. Welcome! My name is Todd Rohlen (Pronounced row-LEEN). I am in my fourth year here as the principal at Coventry and I love it. It’s such a great school, with a wonderful community. Before this, I was a middle school science teacher for many years, teaching both in Winooski and in Enosburg Falls. I have also been an Outward-Bound instructor over in Maine, an EMT on a couple different ambulances, a ski patroller, and a trainer for Vermont Afterschool. Clearly, I like to keep busy! However, I am loving putting all my energy into one spot now, Coventry. I think there is such an opportunity to help kids grow and develop in a small school when we can get to know each student over the course of many years.
We have a variety of initiatives we are working on here at Coventry. Our biggest is a school-wide focus on Literacy. We see this as key to all learning, no matter the subject area. We are working on building the skills for quality reading and writing across the school. This is happening by being more scientific in our approach to teaching early reading, by incorporating more writing and consistent expectations, to increase reading and access to quality books, and more. We are also working on something called Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. UDL is a framework for teaching and learning that works to give all students equal opportunities to succeed. As a staff, we are training on this all year. We also continually work on building a culture of respect and caring for everyone. We do this through our Responsive Classroom foundation, being a PBIS school, our Family Handbook, recognizing kids weekly in our Python Pride program, and more.
A big focus for our future is the possibility of an addition. We reached a new record for enrollment two years back, a whopping 150 students. While we have gone down some since then, there are space issues across the building. The school is about 25 years old, but education has changed so much in that time. We do small group work and need experts in various fields. We have a preschool in the building that was not originally planned for. All of this makes for needs that are not being met. We will be doing informational meetings on the proposed addition throughout the fall and winter, with a vote on Town Meeting Day, March 1st, 2022. I hope you get out and vote!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!