Sylvia Dodge graduated cum laude in 1983 from St. Michael’s College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and American Studies, and a minor in Fine Art. She went on in 1985 to earn Vermont teacher licensure from Lyndon State College in secondary English, social studies, and art.
Instead of pursuing a career in education, she first was employed as a reporter at a weekly newspaper called the Journal Opinion, and worked her way up to the position of managing editor. She went on to a stint as city editor for The Caledonian-Record daily newspaper. Before earning her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Johnson State College, she also worked part-time as executive director of the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust. She earned Vermont teacher licensure as a guidance counselor in 1992.
That same year, Sylvia began working as a guidance counselor at Craftsbury Academy. She began working part-time as Director of Career and College Counseling at Lyndon Institute (LI) in 1993 and took on the job full-time the next year. While at LI she has been very active with the Champlain Young Writers Conference and with the LI outing/science club. She is a teacher/mentor with the Vermont EPSCor Streams Project held each summer at the University of Vermont. She has been honored as a Margaret Addis Scholar by the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors (NEACAC).
She loves the outdoors: kayaking, skiing, hiking, golfing, and gardening. She has put that love to use in various ways – volunteering from 1993-95 as secretary of the Caledonia County Maple Association, for several years as a United States Ski Association (USSA) race secretary, and for the horticultural program each autumn at the Caledonia County Fair.