Shelburne early educators complete Leadership Institute

Kathryn Fitch (left), Didi Harris (center), and Kristen Hawkey (right).

Three local educators recently graduated from the Early Childhood Leadership Institute of the Snelling Center for Government: Kathryn Fitch, Didi Harris, and Kristen Hawkey.

Fitch is currently an early childhood special educator in the Burlington School District. Harris is the regional manager at Vermont Birth to Five in Burlington. Hakey directs early childhood programs at the Greater Burlington YMCA in Burlington.

The commencement ceremony for the program happened in late October at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe with Jane Lindholm, host of the Vermont Public Radio program “Vermont Edition” delivering the keynote address.

The leadership program had 25 participants from around the state, who spent six overnight sessions with 12 seminar days from May to October. This was the institute’s third class to finish the program. Graduates were recognized for their dedication to gaining leadership skills and a deeper understanding of early childhood issues and their commitment to making greater contributions in their organizations, communities and Vermont.

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute began in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont.

Applications for the institute’s Class of 2018 are currently being accepted through Jan. 12. For more information or to apply, visit or contact Director Suzanne Trahey at or 859-3090.

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that promotes and cultivates responsible and ethical civic leadership, encourages public service by private citizens, and promotes informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont.

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