MEET KITTY

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Kitty graduated from Danville High School in 1977; completed her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Secondary Education at Lyndon State College and a Master of Education at the University of Vermont. Following college, Kitty remained in Vermont and over a 14 year period worked as a public school educator in Gilman, Charleston and St. Johnsbury.

Kitty Toll is a lifelong resident of Danville, Vermont. She was born in 1959, the youngest daughter of the late Harold and Catherine Beattie, who raised 14 children on the McDonald family dairy farm. Established by Kitty’s great-great-great grandparents, the farm was a founding member of Cabot Cooperative Creamery and is the only one still operated by the same family.

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For 14 years, she taught public school in Gilman, Charleston, and St. Johnsbury. Kitty found teaching middle-school students profoundly satisfying. She encouraged her students to be their best selves, treating them with respect, care, and compassion and preparing them for an always-changing world. She strove to provide experiences beyond the classroom, including taking a class to Boston, which some of them were visiting for the first time. In St. Johnsbury, Kitty received an outstanding teacher award.

In 2008, Kitty was elected to the Vermont House representing the towns of Cabot, Danville, and Peacham. She served on the vital Agriculture and Appropriations committees, and rose to chair the Appropriations Committee. She also served on the Mental Health Oversight Committee and the Legislative Joint Fiscal Committee. During her time in the House, Kitty was selected to be a Henry Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments (2015), a member of the Council of State Governments Eastern Leadership Academy (2017), and a member of the Council of State Governments Future of Work National Task Force (2019). In 2021, the Vermont Legislature elected her to the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont.

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Kitty has served her community and region as a present member and former co-chair of the Danville Chamber of Commerce; longtime organizer of the Danville Fair; past deacon, current trustee, and Council member of the Danville Congregational Church and co-chair of the 2014 Capital Campaign Committee; former member of the Danville Zoning Board and Planning Commission; past trustee and chair of Pope Memorial Library; former Justice of the Peace; past Lyndon State College fundraising volunteer; and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital corporator, Capital Campaign volunteer, and current member of the West Wing Leadership Committee.

Kitty continues to lives in Danville and is married to Abel Toll. They have two daughters, Kate and Margaret.

 
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