Kate is a 2006 graduate of Randolph Union High School. In addition to working full time in Human Services in the Burlington area, Kate is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work through the University of Vermont.
“After graduating from RUHS,” Kate said, “I attended Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH and then transferred to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating from Clark I returned to Randolph for a year to work at the Clara Martin Center.”
“I am currently working as a Community Support Counselor,” she continued, “providing counseling services to young people and their families, helping them in their communities connect with those communities in ways that are healthy and meaningful to them. I also help develop, coordinate and facilitate community-based programming in area community centers and school districts.”
“My time at RUHS was instrumental in helping me prepare for life after high school. While the rigor of the courses at RUHS certainly informed the academic success I found there and at college, the greatest education I received was in the relationships I formed - both those that existed while I was a student, and those I am blessed to still maintain today.
“For me, RUHS was the beginning of what has become a journey of cultivating a curious, compassionate connection with myself – as a person and as a learner – and also with others who have enhanced and challenged my journey for the better. As many graduates might tell you, those formidable high school years sometimes felt more like a marathon than a sprint. Still, the connections I formed at RUHS became my compass, my 'green light at the end of the dock', and more than anything allowed that time to be - as a fellow alumna profiler and dear friend of mine wrote - "a haven, a laboratory, and a flight deck rolled all into one..." [see profile by Sarah Lubold]
“RUHS helped instill in me a deep reverence for the families we choose (which aren’t necessarily the ones we are born into); for the privilege of being in service to others; and for the things that make me feel alive. I strive to nurture those things every day.
“My appreciation for the privilege I have of being in service to others is in part due to the inspirational teachers I have had who, regardless of the subject, were able and willing to connect with my peers and me on a deeper level. They saw excellence in, and expected excellence from, all of us; they used their passion for the academic material to inspire curiosity and possibility; they laughed, cried, and made mistakes with us; and they allowed themselves to be seen for who they were. In short, they were real. The teacher who exemplified these things the most for me was Mr. Rainville. I had the privilege of learning from him in both the classroom and on the stage, where he imparted lessons that have fueled my growth as a life-long learner, a counselor, and a person. I am deeply grateful for his presence at Randolph, and for the impact he had on that time of my life.
“Probably the best advice he, or anyone for that matter, has given me - which I hold dearly to this day - is: "Never totally know who you are - because if you do, it could put you in a precise box that limits who you are and who you could become. Instead, whenever anyone asks you who you are, simply smile and be able to say ‘I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea.’” In short, live your life with possibility, embrace change, and keep yourself open to things - including yourself - being greater than you imagine.
“If I were going to give today’s students a piece of advice, I’d tell them, ‘whatever you do in your time at RUHS or beyond, do it with honesty, authenticity, integrity, and compassion – and amazing things will come your way.'"