Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Superintendent

Eugene Public Schools

Superintendent of the Eugene School District in Eugene, Oregon, since July 1, 2011. Led the district to undertake a number of improvements, particularly at the high school level, designed to increase graduation rates and promote college and career readiness for all students. Initiated a new teacher evaluation system that fosters professional growth. Cultivated a diagnostic approach to instruction that incorporates and benefits from teacher collaboration. Secured passage of a $170 million capital bond to replace four aging schools and provide new technology and curricula for the district.

Jul 2007 - Jun 2011

Superintendent

Jefferson County Public Schools

Superintendent of the Jefferson County (Louisville, KY) Public Schools, the 28th largest school district in the United States. Managed the development of a new student assignment plan that ensured integration and equitable access for all students. Initiated a plan to more effectively drive curricular reform and promote innovation throughout the system. Strengthened the mathematics and science curriculum through the implementation of inquiry-based instruction. Initiated the creation of a major restructuring of high schools involving freshman academies, trimester schedules, career-theme magnet programs, and advisory programs to better support student engagement and success and to personalize the high school environment. Launched a multi-year initiative, entitled CARE for Kids, focused on the development of students’ social skills and the fostering of caring classroom and school communities. Initiated a “nurses in schools” effort that began with increasing community and legislative awareness of the need to improve student health. Strengthened the quality of instruction through an extensive support and coaching network, formative assessment, and support for teacher collaboration.

Feb 1993 - Jul 2007

Superintendent

Hudson Public Schools

Superintendent of the Hudson (MA) Public Schools, serving 3000 students from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds. Initiated curricular innovations in mathematics and science reform, high school restructuring, early childhood education, service learning, civic education, and the use of technology. As a result the district won numerous national and state awards. Provided the entrepreneurial management that increased competitive grants and donations to over $1.6 million per year and the leadership to help Hudson become a recognized leader in research and development in instructional improvement.

Education

Education

M.Ed. & Ed.D., Administration, 1993

Harvard Graduate School of Education