I joined Vermont Tech as Faculty in the fall of 2005. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Construction Practices and Management Department (CPM). I hold an advanced degree in Practical Arts Education from the University of Vermont, as well as extensive construction, business, and real estate investment experience. I own investment property, and have managed and participated on construction jobs ranging from $150 to $3.5Million. I have participated in all phases of construction as a skilled worker, teacher, and tradesperson. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult, Technical, Vocational, and Extension Education from the University of Vermont. I have 22 years of combined teaching experience in secondary, technical, adult, and post-secondary institutions across Vermont, including South Burlington High School, Community College of Vermont, University of Vermont, and Vermont Technical College. My curriculum vitae includes coursework and research in public school administration, small business management, curriculum design, and technology. My current projects include a pick-your-own blueberry farm, woodworking, and maple production research.
I was raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and attended Danville High School and St. Johnsbury Academy. I am currently re-engaging in studies at the University of Vermont to earn a Doctoral Degree. I am a lifelong and avid learner.
I have never forgotten my first visit to a college campus, which was here at Vermont Tech.
Alex Northern, Director of the Fire Science Program at VTC, has earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Montgomery College, MD; a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Connecticut; a Master of Public Policy and Administration from NYU and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. He’s also a ’04 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
The fire service is Alex’s chief passion. He began his career in the late ‘70s as an on-call firefighter with the Hanover, NH Fire Dept. He was subsequently hired by the District of Columbia Fire Dept. in the ‘80s and assigned to E9/T9 in the busy “U” St. corridor of the city. During his tenure at UConn, Alex was an emergency Services Dispatcher with the UConn Fire Dept. He now works as an on-call firefighter with the Hartford, VT Fire Dept. His passion stems from the excitement, camaraderie and service aspect of this calling.
His work is also his main hobby: in his spare time he builds models of fire houses, and his personal “Fire Museum” contains a wide collection of international fire helmets, model fire engines and pictures/badges/patches. Alex is passionate about the Program and has chosen a set of adjuncts that mirror that enthusiasm for the fire service and for learning. Alex’s moto: "set the bar high and students will rise to it!”
Professor O’Leary worked in the engineering and environmental industries for over 20 years prior to coming to Vermont Tech, including owning and managing a 14-person consulting firm in Vermont. She continues to play an active role in the industry, working on retainer for her former company, participating in industry trainings and organizations, and providing technical and permitting services on college projects. Professor O’Leary hired a considerable number of Vermont Tech graduates at her former company and due to the exceptional practical knowledge and abilities of Vermont Tech graduates, this continues under the new ownership.
Professor O’Leary is Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Department, and her teaching responsibilities include CET 1020 Engineering Materials, CET 2020 Hydraulics and Drainage, CET 2030 Environmental Engineering and Science, and CET 2110 Mechanics of Soils. Additionally, Professor O’Leary teaches CPM 3130 Construction Soils for the department of Construction Practices Management and groundwater, land use, and permitting courses for the Sustainable Design and Technology degree programs.
Her education includes a Bachelors’ degree in Geology and a M.S. in Agricultural & Biologic Engineering, with a focus on Soil & Water Engineering. Professor O’Leary recently acted as the college’s Project Manager for the construction of our 4.5 million dollar Anaerobic Digester. Professor O’Leary has been on a Backcountry Rescue Team for years, and when not teaching or working tries to get out hiking and kayaking as much as possible.
Jeremy joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 2012 following a stint as a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering where he studied the impact of the solar wind on Earth's magnetic field using global-scale computer simulations. He also has industry experience as a systems engineer for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, testing and developing software for missile defense radars.
His primary areas of instruction are introductory programming, software engineering, software quality assurance, and game physics engine design. He especially enjoys supervising project courses where he can help students take ideas from concept to finished product.
My healthcare career started when I was a teenager, volunteering as an EMT for my local Emergency Service Agency. This experience made me interested in studying nursing because I enjoyed helping others in emergency situations. Prior to joining Vermont Tech as a full-time staff member in 2014, I worked in a variety of different positions including med/surg, cardiology, critical care, nursing administration and management and home health care case management. I started with Vermont Tech in 2010 as a clinical instructor before becoming a full-time assistant professor working with first year nursing students. I also work as a per diem nurse for the Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle County. My educational background is similar to a Vermont Tech nursing graduates. I started off with an Associate Degree in Nursing from UVM and then continued on to get my BSN followed by my MSN. In my free time, I enjoy the Vermont outdoors especially hiking, boating and skiing. I am also the father of three girls who keep me very busy.
Hello! My name is Amanda Perkins and I have been teaching at Vermont Tech since 2011. I currently teach in the practical nursing (PN) program, but have also taught at the associate degree level. In addition to working for Vermont Tech I also work per-diem at a local hospital and am a peer-reviewer for the journal Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. When time permits I enjoy writing articles for the journal Nursing Made Increcibly Easy! I have experience working in an intensive care unit, inpatient psychiatry, birthing center, long-term care, and residential care. I have worked as a floor nurse, nurse manager, staff development nurse, and Assistant Director of Nursing. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and looking forward to teaching and learning with my students.
I love Vermont Tech and think that it is the best nursing college around! Not only do I work for Vermont Tech, but I also attended Vermont Tech. My first degree from Vermont Tech was an Associates of Science in Biotechnology. I worked for 5 years in a lab called Haematologic Technologies and decided it was time for a change. I enrolled in the LPN program at Vermont Tech and then the RN program. I enjoyed my time in both programs and learned a lot. After completing the RN program I obtained my BSN and then my MSN through Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Nursing aside, I am married with 3 wonderful daughters! I enjoy reading; writing; photography; hiking; sports, especially football; and spending time with my family.
Jennifer started working with computers before PCs hit the market. First with the Department of Energy transforming the engineering design process to CAD systems, then as Systems and Database Administrator for Site Engineering. Deploying the earliest Relational Database systems within engineering (on Vax clusters and Novell networks), she found her calling, implementing the Oracle Database on multiple platforms from version 5 to the present version 12c.
After receiving her MBA from the University of South Carolina, she went to work for Oracle Corporation as a database performance and architecture consultant. After ten years travelling globally, providing service to some of Oracle's largest customers, she retired and returned to New England. Here at VTC she hopes to share technical knowledge and practical experience from her years in industry with students in Systems Administration and Database Administration.
I joined the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department in 2008 and I have loved every day that I have been here because I get to combine two of my favorite things: teaching and engineering. My background is in building systems, specifically heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), so classes I teach include subject areas like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, HVAC, plumbing and electrical/lighting systems. In all of my classes, I try to emphasize a combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications through lectures, labs and "real world" projects. I enjoy teaching both fundamental and advanced classes because it allows me to see the students grow both as people and engineers, which is very gratifying.
In addition to my teaching I am also the advisor for the Vermont Tech ASHRAE Student Branch, which is one of two clubs in the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department that is affiliated with a national, professional society. This club allows students to explore their interest in the field and network with practicing professionals. Each year we go to the ASHRAE Winter Conference which is a great opportunity for the students to attend a professional conference and trade show and also allows them to meet fellow student members from around the country.
In 2011 and again in 2014, I was selected by the ASHRAE Champlain Valley Chapter as their Young Engineer of the Year.
Rachel Repstad, Professor of Mathematics, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Johnson State College in 2002, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 2004.
Teaching math is Rachel’s passion. She enjoys learning how to integrate new technologies into her instruction to make mathematics content available anytime, anywhere, and launched “drop-in” help sessions at the Williston campus to ensure that a student in any mathematics course has the opportunity to get help when needed. Her philosophy of teaching can be summed up as follows:
Even the most trivial topic in mathematics was a new, difficult, and exciting area of study at one point in history. A successful teacher must keep this in mind, and respect the position of the student.
Rachel takes great care to teach in a style that demonstrates command of the material, demands dedication from the student, but at the same time allows the student to feel at ease in the classroom.