Career Center adding three new employees

MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC) in Middlebury announces three new faculty and staff members joining the center for the 2014-2015 school year.
Len Schmidt is the center’s new adult technical education and cooperative education coordinator. Schmidt most recently was a classroom teacher at Hinesburg Community School. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in English from Vermont College.
Prior to earning his degrees and 10 years of teaching middle school, high school and adult students, he owned and operated Belgian Woodworks, a woodworking, construction and small-scale logging business in Addison County. He has produced wood products for residential, academic, nonprofit, and commercial clients from Panton to Lincoln.
“The Career Center really brings together the diversity of Addison County in a single organization devoted to both student and community success,” he said. “My three children and I have all taken courses here and I think it is fair to say that it has played an important role in all of our lives.”
Mike Adaman will be joining the PAHCC in the role of career and technical education school counseling coordinator. Having earned a B.A. in psychology from Harding University in 1987 and an M.Ed. from Temple University in 1990, Adaman has worked in several niches of education for the past 25 years. Most notably, he worked for 12 years as a special education case manager at Penncrest High School in Media, Pa., where he also served as an adviser to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
Since moving to Vermont in 2001 Adaman has spent six years working at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in the role of career and technical special needs coordinator and six years working for Addison Central Supervisory Union in the role of special educator and Diversified Occupations case manager. Adaman resides in Castleton and says he particularly enjoys time spent with family and friends, and being outdoors.
Barbara Thompson-Snow joins PAHCC after two years with the Child Development Division, overseeing childcare licensing and the Child Care Financial Assistance program for the state of Vermont. She has enjoyed positions in school health services, nursing case management and statewide healthcare quality improvement, as well as hospital-based and community-based healthcare settings.
Thompson-Snow completed her master of public health degree through Walden University, and also holds a bachelor of arts degree in French language and literature from St. Lawrence University. Additionally, she completed her RN through an associate’s program at Clinton Community College. Her personal interests include travel, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, gardening and family gatherings. She hails from Lincoln where she has lived with her husband of 32 years since 1988.

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