Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Somerville Public Schools

I am honored to serve as your new superintendent and privileged to be an advocate for your school district. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me make the transition to Somerville very meaningful.

Previous to this post, I served as the superintendent of Harding Township School and continue to serve as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. My educational experience includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware, a Master’s degree from Montclair State University and a Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University.

Throughout my years in education and coursework, I have learned that successful schools are the product of an inclusive learning environment, in which students, parents, staff members, administrators and community members grow and learn together. One of the strongest research findings in the field of education is that a child’s academic success is related to the connection between the home and the school, whether parents volunteer at the school or regularly help their child at home.

Somerville has an outstanding reputation and an excellent school district. It is my responsibility to continue this tradition and build upon it for further improvements, but I need your help in this process! I will be hosting my first brown bagged lunch on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from noon to 1 pm. The purpose of this program is to provide school community members with an opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions and feelings about the programs and services offered in Somerville. I will also disseminate a needs assessment survey in the upcoming weeks. I urge each of you to take the time to complete the survey.

Communication is essential to the success of any organization and extremely important to me. I plan to maintain this blog for community feedback and input into district happenings. I will also utilize a twitter account (@SchoolSup) to broadcast instant information and alerts.

I look forward to working with you, your children and the outstanding professional staff in the upcoming years in an effort to answer your questions and ultimately continue to improve the quality of education for EVERY child. Thank you for your time and continuing support of Somerville Public Schools.

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