|By Chris Maza|
LONGMEADOW The Longmeadow Public Schools recently announced that Kelley Gangi would take over as the new assistant superintendent for Learning, effective July 1.
Gangi, currently the director of curriculum for the Wachusett Regional School District (WRSD) headquartered in Jefferson, will take over the position vacated by Michael Sullivan, who accepted a job as the superintendent of the Gill-Montague Regional School District.
"Ms. Gangi demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to excellence and a broad knowledge of current educational trends," Longmeadow Public Schools Superintendent Marie Doyle said in a press release on June 5. "In particular, her engagement on the Teacher Evaluation System and District Determined Measures [educator evaluation] has prepared her to continue the fine work of Michael Sullivan."
Gangi expressed her excitement with joining the district, citing its reputation through its "Eyes on the Child" mission statement as a motivating factor for coming to Longmeadow.
"Longmeadow has all of the ingredients of a forward thinking, 21st century district," she said. "There is a tremendous focus on career and college readiness. There is visionary leadership at the school and district level and educators at the school level are incredibly committed to the growth and development of all students."
She also credited the district for being proactive in implementing statewide initiatives.
Gangi, who served WRSD for seven years, has 12 years experience in curriculum leadership in both large and small districts. Prior to working in Jefferson, she was employed by the Northboro-Southboro Regional School District and Newton Public Schools. Before coming to Massachusetts, she was a public school teacher in New York City.
She also developed the TeachPoint mobile teacher evaluation software that is currently used in Longmeadow.
"I was the inventor of that tool and I'm excited to be a part of that element in Longmeadow," she said. "It's something we started at Wachusett that permeated to other districts and I'm looking forward to continuing the work with it."
Gangi said she also wanted to support growth in what she said was an already impressive plan for literacy instruction.
"At Wachusett, I implemented a [kindergarten] through [fifth grade] balanced literacy program, which helped improve achievement in literacy at all levels," she said.
Gangi added that she wished to create partnerships with local institutions of higher learning to create additional opportunities for students.
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