When June 30 rolls around, a new chapter in Pati Beaumont’s life will begin.
The longtime co-principal of Shelburne Community School closes the book on her five-year career at the school. “I’m going to miss the kids and the community, the teachers and my colleagues,” Beaumont said. “It’s always been about the people.”
Although Beaumont’s career is drawing to a close in town, she said in April that she is “seeking employment” and she is open to working outside of the field of education. Before Beaumont started her educational career, she worked in human resources in the business world. Little by little, the thought of going into education seemed kept popping up in her mind. Beaumont said she wanted to “challenge herself.”
Beaumont earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. She later earned a master’s degree in special education/elementary education, as well as a certificate in advanced graduate studies from what is now Castleton University.
When asked about her accomplishments and goals at SCS, Beaumont noted that the time she spent trying to build relationships in the school and the community was a high point for her. “I think that one of the things that stand out is trying to build relationships between people,” Beaumont said. “It’s challenging to make sure that everyone has a voice.”
Beaumont also was on board when Shelburne voters passed two bonds for renovations at SCS. One bond totaled $2.39 million and the other was $6.83 million. Beaumont also noted with pride the successful campaign and construction of the Snelling Community Park at Shelburne Community School. Beaumont worked closely with parents Lisa Williams and Barbara Comeau on the project.
“We worked on the playground for three years,” she said. “I worked with a team of unbelievable volunteers. It’s been a lot of work, and it’s been a fun experience.”
A Massachusetts native, Beaumont lives in Benson and commutes from her home in Rutland County to Shelburne. Scott Sivo, who moved to town at the end of last year, was named earlier this month as the new SCS co-principal. Beaumont is enthusiastic about Sivo.
“I think Scott will do an incredible job,” she said. “He has one child here at Shelburne and he’s a resident of the town.”
Reflecting on her time at SCS, Beaumont noted she enjoys learning about former students’ accomplishments, and she said the more intriguing part of working in education is the daily challenges.
“Every year in education is incredibly different,” Beaumont said. “I look forward to new opportunities. I was drawn to Shelburne by the incredibly dynamic, large school, and I wanted to see what it was like. I love to learn, and I’ve learned a ton.”