• Nicole MacTavish, Ed.D. joins the Chamber's Board of Directors

    Nicole has served in the public education and non-profit sector for over 25 years. While married to an active duty Naval Aviator, Nicole had the opportunity to work around the world, serving students. Nicole now serves as the Superintendent of the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District in Middlebury, Vermont. Hannaford offers cutting edge Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs to the high school students and adult learners of Addison County, Vermont.
    Nicole started her education career while still in college, where she ran a non-profit arm of the University of Washington in Seattle which offered not-for-credit enrichment courses to the community, while also serving as a GED instructor at the downtown Seattle YMCA.
    Upon graduation, Nicole started her K-12 career as a high school counselor, and then as a high school English teacher and Associated Student Body advisor in Washington. From there, Nicole moved into building administration, serving as an assistant principal and principal at both the middle and high school levels, in Washington and Oregon.
    Nicole then had the opportunity to move overseas, where she ran a Boys and Girls Club of America for the United States Army in Stuttgart, Germany.
    Nicole then moved back to the United States, starting her work at the district level, serving in the roles of secondary Special Education Director in Washington, and later as a Curriculum Director in Idaho.
    From there, Nicole moved to the cabinet level, serving as an Assistant Superintendent in Idaho, a Deputy Superintendent in Washington, and a Chief Academic Officer in Oregon.
    Nicole then had the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a position in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, working for the United States Army, where she had oversight of the K-12 school system, the Child Development Center and the School Age Centers on USAG Kwajalein Atoll, home to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site.
    The lure of an amazing opportunity to work with CTE all day, every day, with the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District, brought Nicole back to the United States, where she now lives in Middlebury with her husband and son, who attends Middlebury Union High School, and their lovable but neurotic border collie, Molly.
    Nicole has served in districts as small as 200 students, and as large as 30,000. She has worked in small rural, mid-size suburban, and large, complex, urban districts, as well as serving overseas.
    Nicole has two bachelor’s degrees, one in English Literature, and one in Communications, as well as a master’s degree in education, from the University of Washington. Nicole earned her doctorate in education from Seattle University, and her Urban Superintendent credential through a joint program of the American Association of School Superintendents and Howard University. Nicole is also credentialed in Human Resources and as a CTE Director.