capss' innovation committee
Superintendent, Granby Public Schools
Dr. Alan Addley is in his tenth year as the Superintendent of Granby Public Schools in Granby, Connecticut. A native of Northern Ireland, Alan started his career as a professional soccer player and mathematics teacher. Alan has thirty-three years of administrative and teaching experience in private and public schools in the United States and Ireland. Prior to becoming Superintendent, he was the Principal of Granby Memorial High School.
Alan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education & Mathematics from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland; a Master of Science degree in Instructional Management and Curriculum from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut; and, a Doctoral Degree from the University of Connecticut. As a Solution Tree Associate Consultant for professional development, he has presented at national conferences and has worked with school districts across the country on professional learning communities, leadership and school improvement.
During his tenure, the high school was the first public high school in the state of Connecticut to be recognized by the Connecticut State Department of Education as a Connecticut Vanguard High Performing School, the middle school was recognized as a Connecticut Middle School of the Year and the intermediate school was recognized as a Federal Blue Ribbon School.Alan is a Past President of CAPSS and recipient of the 2017 UCONN NEAG School of Education Outstanding School Superintendent Award. Alan lives in Granby, Connecticut with his wife.
Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools
Dr. Carver is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University. She received her Doctorate of Education in 2009, her Sixth Year in Administration in 2001, her Master of Science in Special Education in 1997 and her Bachelor of Science in Special Education in 1991. Dr. Carver began her career as a Special Education Teacher at Whittier Union High School in Whittier, CA in 1991. She continued her special education teaching career at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, CT in 1993. She then became a Special Education Teacher and Department Chair at New London High School before being appointed the Supervisor of Special Education in 2002 and then the Director of Special Services in 2003, also in New London. In 2008, she was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools in New London from 2008 until May 2012, serving as Interim Superintendent of Schools in the summer of 2009. After four years, she became the Associate Superintendent of Human Capital Development, Chief of Staff in Newington, CT. She has served as Superintendent of the Bethel Public Schools since 2014. Dr. Carver is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, District Management Council, The Superintendent Network, and the the Connecticut Association for Public Schools Superintendents (CAPSS). Dr. Carver is the former Chair of the Western Connecticut Superintendent Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Executive Board of CAPSS.
Superintendent, Shelton Public Schools
Dr. Christopher Clouet, Superintendent of Public Schools in Shelton, CT is a founding member of the CTSOI. Shelton opened the Shelton Innovation School this Fall, connecting Project Lead The Way courses to hydroponics, sustainable agriculture, project-based learning, and design. He led efforts in Tarrytown, NY to establish the Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom, a 40 acre area for learning. As Superintendent in New London the Science & Technology HS of Southeastern CT was opened under his watch.
Superintendent, Guilford Public Schools
Paul Freeman has been a Connecticut educator for more than 20 years. He has been the Superintendent of Schools in Guilford since 2011, and he is an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut in the Neag School of Education.
Before coming to Guilford, Dr. Freeman served as the Superintendent of the Griswold Public Schools, and prior to that he worked as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent in the East Lyme School system. He began his career in education as a teacher of English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels in the Amity School district.
Dr. Freeman has served as Chair of the New England League of Middle Schools and as a contributing editor for National Middle School Association’s Journal. He has published several works in the field of education and is a frequent presenter at national and regional educational conferences. Most recently, he has taken his work to Amman Jordan as part of a partnership between the University of Connecticut and Queen Rania’s Teacher Academy. He is the 2010 recipient of the James P. Garvin Distinguished Service Award from the New England League of Middle Schools, and he received the 2014 Outstanding Superintendent Award from the UConn, Neag School of Education Alumni Association.
In 2015 Dr. Freeman was elected to the Governing Board of AASA, the national organization of school superintendents, and he is currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. He has served on the Governor’s Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force since 2011.
Dr. Freeman resides in Killingworth, CT with his wife and four sons. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Keene State University in New Hampshire, completed his masters and sixth year degrees at Southern CT State University, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut.
Superintendent, Windham Public Schools
Dr. Patricia Garcia has been Superintendent of Windham Public Schools since 2014. She has expanded college learning opportunities, instituted algebra as a standard course in grade 8, developed a Pre-K to 12 curriculum and assessment system in math and ELA, increased the graduation rate to 81.1% and exited all Windham Public Schools from the state’s turnaround schools.
Dr. Garcia led the public schools in Hempstead, NY and Prince Edward County, VA as Superintendent. She earned a doctorate degree from Florida State University, is a fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendent Academy and studied at the National SUPES Academy. Her awards include: “Pioneer in Education”, “Professional Who Made a Difference in Education, Superintendent Award” and Cambridge’s “Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education.” Dr. Garcia is a member of the Hispanic Leadership Council and serves on the Regional United Way’s Advisory Board and Connecticut’s Education Preparation Advisory Council.
Superintendent, Woodbridge Public Schools
Robert "Bob" Gilbert is Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District. Prior to his current position, Bob was a central office administrator and building principal in the Granby Public Schools He serves on several CAPSS Subcommittees and is the Superintendent representative to the CT Legislative Task Force on Water Safety.
Superintendent, Farmington Public Schools
Kathleen C. Greider has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Farmington Public Schools since 2009. The Farmington Public Schools is a nationally recognized, high performing school district located in Farmington, Connecticut. Superintendent Greider’s collaborative work with the Board of Education, administration, faculty, students, and community has led to innovative improvement practices and programs aligned to Farmington’s Framework for Teaching and Learning (FTL) and Vision of the Graduate (VoG). The FTL promotes an active student-centered approach with a strong emphasis on authentic and meaningful instruction and learning. In turn, Farmington students are agents of their own learning, mastering the knowledge and 21st century skills outlined in the VoG throughout all grade levels. The Farmington Public Schools has been designated as a national P21 Exemplar District for innovative 21st century teaching, learning and programming and Farmington High School consistently ranks as one of the top high schools in Connecticut. The Farmington Public Schools has been highlighted in national publications and in the book, School-Based Instructional Rounds by Lee Teitel for its innovative continuous improvement efforts.
Superintendent, Bolton Public Schools
Kristin is currently in her seventh year as Superintendent of Bolton Public Schools, a small suburb near Hartford, Connecticut. She has been in education for 30 years. Kristin began her career as a high school English teacher and a middle school social studies teacher in a nearby urban district. From there she moved into administration in a suburban district and her experience included being an associate principal and principal. In addition, Kristin was an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph College in the Graduate School of Education for many years. She is currently an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University in the School of Education and Professional Studies.
Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, History and Political Science from Saint Joseph College, a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Connecticut, a Sixth Year Certificate in Professional Administration from Sacred Heart University, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Connecticut.
Superintendent, Stamford Public Schools
Mr. Kim grew up in Hawaiʻi, graduated from Cornell University and was subsequently commissioned a lieutenant of Marines. In 1988, he began teaching and coaching in Trenton, NJ. He left Trenton to attend the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and graduated with an MPA in 1993. He subsequently served as an assistant principal/teacher, principal/teacher and superintendent in Cherry Hill, Emerson, Verona and Montgomery school districts in NJ. In 2012, he began his tenure as Head of School, Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama, a private school for Native Hawaiian children, and in 2016, he returned to the East Coast as Superintendent for the Stamford Public Schools. Awards include: NJ Best Practices, NJ School Boards Association, NJ Star Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, and NJ Principal of the Year. He was a Founding Member and Trustee of the Foundation Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ, a Founding Member of the NJ Network of Superintendents and serves on the boards of Stamford’s Building One Community and Cradle-to-Career Collective Impact Initiative.
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, CREC
Marlene Lovanio serves as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning for CREC's 16 award-winning magnet schools. Prior to this she worked for the Bristol Board of Education as supervisor of mathematics and led the charge to implement the Common Core State Standards.
From 2004-2009, Marlene was a secondary mathematics consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) in the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction. In this capacity she supported the development of state standards for mathematics, the Connecticut Academic Performance Test and the Math Science Partnership Grant.
In 2001, she served as supervisor for math and technology for Shelton Public Schools, overseeing curriculum development, program implementation and professional development for K-12 teachers.
Her career in education started at Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, where she taught math for seven years and became the first high school math teacher to earn National Board Certification in Connecticut.
She has a B.S. in mathematics from Central Connecticut State University a M.A. from Wesleyan University and a sixth-year certificate in Leadership and Administration from Sacred Heart University.
Marlene is a longtime Connecticut resident and currently lives in the Greater Hartford area with her twin daughters Morgan and Avery.
Superintendent, Wallingford Public Schools
Dr. Menzo started his career as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher in Willimantic, Connecticut. Since his teaching days, he served as a building administrator at the middle level. In 2005, Dr. Menzo became the youngest superintendent in the country at the time, and since then has spent over half of his educational career in that role.
For the last eight years, Dr. Menzo has lead Wallingford Public Schools on its path towards achieving the Wallingford 100 – 100% Community Involvement and 100% Student Engagement to lead to 100% Student Success. He challenged the community to establish core values and sustain a vibrant strategic plan measured by the growth of students. Dr. Menzo and his entire team of students, parents, staff, and community leaders transformed the mindset in the town and increased expectations and outcomes for all students.
Innovation is key to all the success in Wallingford. Seeking solutions and partnerships outside of the district and even country is the norm for the district. Leveraging his past international consulting experience in Japan and the United Arab Emirates, a global mindset is central to the districts work with at Junior Achievement and the United Stated Department of Commerce. As a result, Dr.
Menzo facilitated with staff and students partnerships in China, Argentina, and Germany. Nationally, Dr. Menzo has leveraged a partnership with Office Depot and IBM to provide revenue for the school district while accessing state-of-the-art resources for staff, students, and families.
In recognition of his efforts with students, families, staff, and the community to move forward progressive educational opportunities in Wallingford Connecticut and in the state, Dr. Menzo received the 2016 University of Connecticut NEAG School of Education Outstanding School Superintendent.
Betty J. Sternberg
Director, The Teacher Leadership Fellowship Program
Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Betty J. Sternberg is currently the Director of The Teacher Leader Fellowship Program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), a unique program that partners CCSU, Connecticut Education Association (CEA), American Federation of Teachers – CT, and 15 school districts to create a fellowship of teacher leaders and those who support them. The theme of the work of the fellowship is Teacher Leaders as Enablers of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in the Classrooms and Beyond. Formerly she has served as Commissioner of Education, the first woman to be appointed since the establishment of the position in 1838, and as Superintendent of the Greenwich Public School where she was also the first woman to serve in that position. Throughout her career, Dr. Sternberg has been created and directed many “firsts” including but not limited to Connecticut’s Beginning Educator Support and Training Program (BEST), Connecticut Mastery Tests, Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Certification Program, and the Celebration of Excellence Program.