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Work experience

Jul 2013Present


Nantucket Public Schools

Lead Learner at the Cyrus Peirce Middle School located on the island of Nantucket. 

Priority: listen and build trust and relationships with teachers, students, parents, administrators, and the community.

  • Led school to 1:1 learning environment with Chromebooks for all 350 students and 45+ teachers.
  • Piloted "Instructional Learning Cycles" a teacher-driven structure for professional development, including peer observations.
  • Improved school culture with focus on new motto of “Do the Right Thing” 
  • Continuously improving school to home communication and community relations with weekly email updates and by utilizing social media for public relations.
  • Worked toward the adoption of an updated website for the school and district.
  • Assisted in design of school website.
  • Expanded the opportunities for student support within the school day, including interventions and extensions.
  • Participated in teacher contract negotiations.
  • Participated in facilities staff contract development and negotiations.
  • Supported the development of a Project Based Learning course.
  • Developed master schedule for the school.
  • Developed advisory program for the middle school.
  • Chaired district Professional Development Committee leading to long-term vision for PD.


Jul 2006Jun 2013


Stony Brook School

Educational leader of suburban middle school.Responsible for the supervision of over 80 staff members and 655 students in grades six, seven and eight.

·Introduced the core beliefs of a Professional Learning Community

·Instituted an Instruction Support Team and implementation of the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)

·Improved school to home communication and community relations with Saturday office hours, weekly email updates, and improved web site information

·Introduced Critical Friends Groups to teachers to increase opportunities to collaborate and improve teacher collaboration through use of CFG protocols

·Chair of district Response To Intervention (RTI) task force

·Participated on district Effective Instruction study group

·Improved school culture with focus on new motto of “Do the Right Thing” and values of PRIDE, Pride, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence

·Implemented school wide system of positive reinforcement for appropriate student behaviors with introduction of Panther Card system

·Employed consistent discipline system with yellow card, red card system.

·Developed new mission and vision for school

·Increased opportunities for teachers, students, and parents to be involved in committee work and decision making process

·Facilitated adoption of Understanding by Design curriculum model and Response to Intervention system

·Championed new advisory program and exploratory opportunities for students

·Introduced Student Led Conferences

Sep 1996Jun 2006

Social Studies Teacher

Diamond Middle School

Middle school team leader.Member of administrative council on technology.Eighth grade United States history teacher.Designed and implemented curriculum including cooperative learning and other lesson plans designed for heterogeneous groups.

·Team leader of eighth grade team (Delta 8) (2000-2006)

·Member of technology team and administrative council on technology

·Completed more than 300 hour practicum experience as administrative intern (2004-2005)

·Coach: varsity girls’ soccer team, varsity girls’ softball team (1999-2006)

·Part of EdLink grant integrating technology into the classroom (1999-2002)

·Resident disc jockey for school dances (1998-2006)

·Supervised student government (1996-2002)

·School webmaster (1999-2006)

·Technology team leader (instructed colleagues on use of technology in the classroom)

·Taught 6th grade social studies course, Ancient Civilizations (1996-1999)

·Taught 7th grade social studies course, World Geography (1997-1998)


Boys Head Counselor

Camp Tevya

Supervised day to day running of boys’ area of a co-ed summer camp.Served as direct supervisor of over thirty male counselors.Member of administration of camp which includes acting as contact person with parents, scheduling, and supervising camp activities which range from soccer to water skiing to arts & crafts.

Jun 1996Aug 1996


Partnership For a Brighter Tomorrow

Co-taught a group of ten under-privileged inner-city students from Cambridge and Revere, Massachusetts.Program is run through Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.Developed academic and community service based curriculum.

Sep 1995Jun 1996

Teaching Intern

Hanscom Middle School

Developed curriculum and taught eighth grade social studies class.Team-taught three sections of sixth grade social studies.Helped coach soccer, basketball, and baseball teams to winning seasons.




Simmons College
  • Graduated with a 3.93 GPA
  • Certification in administration: principal/assistant principal (5-8) (certificate #332453)
May 1995May 1996

Master of Arts in Teaching

Simmons College

·Graduated with a 4.00 GPA

·Certification in middle and high school social studies (certificate #332453)

Aug 1991May 1995

Bachelor of Arts

Bowdoin College

·Degree in Government with minor in History



Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Principal/Assistant Principal (5-8)

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education


Leading Future Learning 2016 - EdTechTeacher/MassCUE - March 2016

ISTE - Annual Conference in Philadelphia - July 2015

ASCD - Annual Conference in Chicago - March 2013


Cohen, P. D. (2014). Framing innovation: The impact of the superintendent's attitude and use of technology on the acceptance of large-scale technology initiatives (Doctoral dissertation, Boston College).