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Champlain Valley Union prepares for 2007-2008

ONeill will teach 11th and 12th grade math, specifically A.P. Probability and Statistics and Trigonometry Pre-Calculus.

Ive always been really interested in education, she added. Ive done a lot of work in education, but I decided that I wanted to be in the classroom about three years ago.

Diantha Francis, 37, previously worked in the special education department at Proctor High School before arriving this summer at CVU. Francis is excited about coming to a much larger school system.

Its a progressive and extremely student driven environment with a lot of support systems and opportunities for students and faculty, said Francis.

Francis will work as a reading instructor for special needs students.

Jeff Hindes, 35, is another returning CVU graduate and a teacher who may see some familiar faces in the classroom.

Hindes has taught social studies for 10 years at the Shelburne Community School, and will begin teaching U.S. History and Economics for 11th and 12th grade students this fall.

Im looking forward to re-connecting with former students and working in a larger school with a lot of terrific colleagues, said Hindes. Im also just looking forward to something new, a new challenge and exploring different avenues.

As a teacher, Hindes also hopes to bring something special to the classroom in his approach to history.

I want to help students look at history through a local lens, he said. I want them to see how their region has influenced national and international events and vice versa - show them how national and international events have shaped the area we live in.

Physical Changes, Curriculum Changes
Several new courses have been introduced into the curriculum for the 2007-08 school year.

New courses include: Media in Society, Literature, Film and Writing, Global Literature, A.P. Chemistry, Personal and Business Law, Business Seminar, and Design TASC Engineering.

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