Kelley Mills of the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury was elected to the ACCC Board of Directors.
At the recent annual meeting of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, three new members were elected. Sam Cutting IV, of Dakin Farm and Don Devost of, Addison Advisors were elected. Also electedwas educator Kelley Mills of the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. All three newly elected board members are serving one-year terms that expire at the 2012 annual meeting.
Career Center Director Lynn Coale approached Mills to replace him on the Chamber board since he was completing his term. The first board meeting for the new directors is this week.
Mills is Hannaford’s cooperative education coordinator. She has been in the position for the past four years and thrives on the school’s mission as well interacting with students, fellow educators and the outside community.
Mills has been a Vermonter for 42 years. She grew up in Fairfax and attended the University of Vermont where she majored in agricultural and extension education. She has become known in Vermont education and strongly believes in the kind of practical skills Hannaford students take with them for the rest of their lives.
Mills also believes in the confluence of education and business—where marketable skills can make a difference for grads looking for employment in a tough economy.
Mills has been in the field of agricultural education for 12 years. Her duties as cooperative education coordinator permit her to work with all students in the center.
“I place students in paid and unpaid positions in the business community based upon the trade or profession studied at the center, “ she said.
In the case of jobs, apparently there was no job Mills wouldn’t do as a youth.
“My first first job growing up was stacking wood for my parents,” she said. She never forgot it.
Regarding her current job in secondary education, Mills said her favorite motto is, simply, “Respect goes a long way in the classroom.”
Students and fellow faculty at the Hannaford Center concur that when it comes to Mills’ motto, she certainly practices what she preaches—it also explains why Mills receives, in return, the same level of respect from her peers, students, and the community at large.
“I love working with high school students in a setting where they choose to be,” she said. “Our students want to be in the Career Center learning from instructors who share a common passion in a trade or profession. It’s energizing and inspiring. We truly make a difference in the lives of Addison County’s young people.”
New Chamber board member Kelley Mills of the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury.