Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union
Craftsbury Common, Vermont
In 36 years as principal, 11 at Craftsbury Schools and 25 at Wolcott Elementary School, Merri Greenia has been a force for dramatic positive changes. Under her guidance, Wolcott went from being one of the lowest performing schools in the region to a top-performing school that became a demonstration school for educators across the state. Greenia helped develop and implement RTI, MTSS, and teacher leadership programs that have ensured that the school has continued to thrive even after her departure. Since taking on leadership at the pre-K-12 Craftsbury Schools, Greenia has overseen great academic gains, with the school being named the fifth best Vermont high school in 2018 and 2019 by U.S. News and World Report and graduates obtaining admission to highly competitive colleges. In 2015, she worked closely with district staff, teachers, parents, and community members to open a preschool at Craftsbury when the local private preschool closed, ensuring access to early education. Greenia worked closely with teachers to provide five-day-per-week instruction to students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, with current data showing learning gains. Implementing the Danielson Framework for Teaching, Greenia has instilled a culture of high expectations and positive relationships for all stakeholders. Greenia holds a B.A. from Johnson State College and an M.Ed. from University of Vermont.