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Julie Vanidestine

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Julie Vanidestine

Both Mr. Vanidestine and I committed to graduate from Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine in 1983!  Go Broncos!  I played clarinet in our band, was on the Honor Roll, in the French Club and National Honor Society.  I loved going to our football games (we usually lost) and basketball games (we usually won).   Have you heard of the author Stephen King?  He used to teach at Hampden Academy!  I was lucky to receive a scholarship from him to go to college where...

I committed to graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in elementary education!  Go Black Bears!  College is hard work – but fun!  I especially liked going to UMaine hockey games!

After college we moved to Norfolk where I taught first grade, third grade and at a gifted school.  While I was teaching, I committed to graduate from Old Dominion University with a masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.  I wanted to be a principal!  First I was an assistant principal and then a principal in Norfolk.  When we lived in Norfolk, both of our daughters committed to graduate from Granby High School!

Now we live in Christiansburg and I love being principal at Falling Branch Elementary!  We are very proud that our daughters committed to graduate from college:  Allie graduated from William and Mary; Valerie graduated from George Mason University.  We are super proud to be grandparents to our sweet grandchildren, Lily and Stephen!

We are huge Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots fans!  We live with our golden retrievers, Sadie and Doug, who both committed to graduate from puppy school.