• “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

Training Week Marks End of Summer/ Beginning of School at Kurn Hattin 

August 23, 2019

As summer comes to a close, Kurn Hattin staff prepare for the new school year. As with previous years teachers, houseparents, and other staff come together to participate in Training Week. Training Week is the only time when Kurn Hattin has no children on campus. The week long schedule begins at 8 a.m. and typically continues until 4:00 p.m.  The days are filled with presentations, discussions on safety measures and precautions, emergency drills, and training for counselors. Outside professional join the staff in discussions regarding the care and emotional healing of the children, using Restorative Practices methods.

One afternoon during Training Week is dedicated to an All Staff Meeting which began this year with a lunch, followed by welcome remarks by Steve Harrison, Kurn Hattin’s Executive Director. “It’s an honor to care for the children that parents have entrusted to us to…and we all need to live up to that trust,” he remarked. Next on the agenda were new staff introductions, which included several new Residential Life members and recognizing Sue Kessler, previously Director of Admissions, who was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Executive Director. Plans for the upcoming 125thAnniversary Fall Festival Celebration, on September 21, were discussed, as were updates to our Community Handbook and PBiS (Positive Behavioral interventions and Support) practices at the school. “We are excited to be entering our 3rd year as a formally recognized PBiS School,” said Sergio Sergio Simunovic, School Principal. “PBiS is normally thought of as behavior, conduct, and a method of problem solving. But above all else, PBiS is another way to approach community where students, faculty, and staff feel as a part of something.” Keri Newton, Dean of Students, was proud to announce that Kurn Hattin was being recognized as a VTPBIS School of Merit, which means PBiS is used as a school-wide evaluation tool by at least 80% of the staff (95% at Kurn Hattin) with improving outcomes for the majority of students.  

Before continuing with the final portion of the agenda, there were games with prizes. And Jacob Stoddard, in Maintenance, was awarded with the Above and Beyond Award, for doing just that.  

The afternoon ended with remarks by Board of Trustees President, Mark Bodin, and a Q&A with the Leadership Panel, consisting of Board President, Mark Bodin and Trustees Chris Hackett and Jim Lynch, Executive Director Steve Harrison and Assistant Executive Director Sue Kessler. 

We all are now ready to welcome our students return.

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Kurn Hattin Maintenance staff member, Jacob Stoddard, being awarded the Above and Beyond Award by Executive Director, Steve Harrison