Superintendent, Former Principal Join  Upper Valley Educators Institute Board

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  • Holcombe


  • Harris
  • Holcombe

Two local educators were recently appointed to the Upper Valley Educators Institute board of directors.

Michael Harris, of Etna, is the superintendent at SAU No. 76 in Lyme.

He previously served for 11 years as superintendent at SAU 88 in Lebanon and was the director of the Teacher Education Program at Dartmouth College, where he led the teacher certification program for the college’s undergraduates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College graduate, a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York and a PhD in education from the University of New Hampshire.

An active participant with Upper Valley nonprofits, he is chairman of the Board of Trustees at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and serves on the board of the Ledyard Charter School.

He has also served on the board of the Lebanon Opera House and was executive director of Second Growth in Wilder.

Joan Holcombe, of Lebanon, joins the board after a long career as a teacher and principal in Vermont and New Hampshire. Most recently, she was the principal at Westshire Elementary School in the Rivendell Interstate School District and a special education consultant for the Vermont Department of Education. From 2003 to 2008, she lived abroad, serving as principal at the Frankfurt International School in Germany and head of school at the Tohoku International School in Sendai, Japan. Holcombe received her master’s degree from Antioch New England Graduate School and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in leadership in education administration from the Vermont College of Norwich University.

She is a regular volunteer at the Upper Valley Haven and Enfield Shaker Museum. — Staff report