SOUTHBRIDGE — Southbridge Public Schools Receiver/Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar met with Advanced Teachers and Distinguished Early Career Educators recently to discuss the future of the district and ideas for growth.
Receiver/Superintendent Villar met with 14 teachers over lunch on Friday, Jan. 13 at Southbridge Middle High School. The group had an in-depth discussion on how best to serve students, as well as ways that the district can build upon a positive culture for all students, staff and community members, and increase staff retention.
The District is committed to working on the improvement areas discussed at the meeting, including increasing communication of initiatives and progress happening within specific schools and across the entire district, providing teachers with increased opportunities to participate in decision-making, and building upon the successful teacher induction program to provide support for teachers who are hired midyear.
“Hearing from our staff is extremely important to us. We value their opinions, feedback and time, and truly look forward to implementing their ideas as we all work toward Southbridge Public Schools’ continued growth,” Receiver/Superintendent Villar said.
The Distinguished Early Career Educator is a designation given to teachers who are in their first three years of teaching in the district and have achieved an exceptional level of growth within their profession. Advanced teachers are educators that have demonstrated outstanding instructional skills, a positive attitude, collaboration with peers, and a commitment to personal growth and student success. Teachers who receive these designations are identified by their building principal.