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"Emilie Knisley"

Emilie Knisley



     Emilie Knisley began her career at Blue Mountain Union School (BMU) in 2005 as an English language arts teacher, she then went on to serve as the principal, and then superintendent of the supervisory district.  In 2018, she joined Orange East Supervisory Union as the superintendent of schools. Emilie also serves as a member of the faculty of Castleton State University, teaching graduate students and aspiring school administrators courses on school law. Emilie serves as a Trustee to the Vermont Superintendents Association, and serves on the Board of the Vermont Rural Education Collaborative.

     Emilie grew up in a variety of locales:  from Utah to Australia, to Rhode Island, before finally settling in Vermont as a teenager. After graduating from high school, Emilie studied at the University of Rhode Island and Castleton University where she earned a BA in sociology and English. She then went on to study at Norwich University in the Master of Architecture program. From there she worked in the field of academic research and grant writing and for the Vermont State Parks system for several years. 

     In 2004, Emilie turned to education and studied at the Upper Valley Teachers Institute, earning a teacher certification for middle and high school level education in English and History. In 2007, she was selected to represent the United States as a Japanese Fulbright Teacher Scholar in the country of Japan. She then attended graduate school at Plymouth State University earning a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction in 2009, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership in 2016. She then went on to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning a Certificate of Advanced Educational Leadership (CAEL) in 2018. 

     Emilie enjoys travel, photography, gardening, and cooking. In her spare time she raises flowers, vegetables, chickens, and geese of questionable temperament at Meadowbrook Farm. She is most proud of her Caledonia County Fair “Best in Show” ribbons. She lives with her husband and two sons.

Randall (Randy) Gawel

Assistant Superintendent


     Randy Gawel joined the Orange East Supervisory Union as the Assistant Superintendent in 2021.  This follows twenty-four years as a teacher, coach, mentor, assistant principal, director, and principal in Michigan.  

     Randy grew up in Franconia, New Hampshire and spent his youth taking full advantage of the many outdoor activities the Green and White Mountains had to offer.  After graduating from high school, he received his undergraduate degree from Lyndon State College where he studied English and history. He then attended graduate school at Boston College and earned a Masters in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.  Then, while teaching high school, coaching, and leading several student clubs, Randy earned his Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University.  Randy has served as an educational leader in a number of communities throughout his career, bringing positive change to areas of climate, culture, academic growth, and collaboration wherever he has been.

     Though he has only been a part of the Orange East Supervisory Union a short time, Randy loves the collaborative environment at OESU and has very much enjoyed getting to know the diverse people, places, and schools it serves.  The opportunity to learn and grow is clearly prioritized within the organization, and he looks forward to future personal and professional growth while working with the outstanding staff and faculty that comprises our educational community.

     During his free time, Randy enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his wife Leah, children Sophia and Sam, and Charlie the not very well behaved Golden Retriever.