Where it began...
Our four paths have crossed throughout the years, in different venues and forums. It wasn’t until the spring of 2017 that the four of us actually got the chance to all sit down together, meet and talk. We discovered we all had the same passion for education, the desire to help teachers and students succeed, the belief that all kids can succeed at a high level, and the drive to do it. We also found out in our roles that it is difficult to find like minded people who share the same beliefs, but also know how to laugh. This blog series is by-product of our discussions and beliefs.
Who we are….
Maureen M. Cohen
Assistant Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Dr. Maureen Cohen is the Assistant Superintendent in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District located in Mendon, Massachusetts. With twenty years experience in education, Maureen has worked across urban and suburban school settings in as a high school teacher, school building administrator and district leader. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in government and legal studies; a master’s degree in political science and international relations from Northeastern University; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern University. Her doctoral research focused on the strategies high school administrators use in leading 1:1 schools in Massachusetts. A frequent presenter at the MSSAA Summer Institute and assistant principal conferences, her presentation topics include: Understanding your Leadership Style, Mentoring, Educator Evaluation, Common Core, and Web 2.0 for administrators. She has presented at MASScue on Transformational Leadership on her dissertation findings and MASS/MASC 2017 Conference on the topic of social-emotional learning. In 2012, Dr. Cohen was the MSSAA Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year and was selected as one of 3 national finalists for NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year. Currently, she serves as a member of the Grafton School Committee and as Co-Chair of the Blackstone Valley Curriculum Consortium.
You can follow her on her district website: http://mursdcurriculum.weebly.com/ or her personal blog Be the Change: https://maureenmcohen.com/
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation, Natick Public Schools
Dr. Anna Nolin is Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation in the Natick Public Schools, just west of Boston, MA, where she has worked in various leadership capacities for the last 15 years. She has worked as a middle level educator in Metrowest area of MA for the past 20 years serving as a teacher, drama director, grant writer, and curriculum developer/consultant with a technology focus. She has served is an Adjunct Instructor at Framingham State teaching Designing Blended Learning Classes/Use of Moodle, a course for new teachers called Teaching and Learning In Innovation Schools, as a lead instructor for the Friday Institute’s Leadership in Blended Learning graduate course, is a district Google and Apple product trainer. She is also an Instructor at Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) at Endicott College serving as a principal trainer in 21st Century Instructional Leadership. She presented for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s spring conference in Chicago (ASCD) 2012, 2013 and 2015 in the areas of school implementation of effective and engaging 1:1 laptop programming and in empowering student leadership to combat bullying. Recent work on Professional Learning Communities was presented at ISTE San Antonio 2016, and Denver 2016 and her presentation on district branding and use of social media as presented at MASSCue 2015 and MASSCue 2016 and on Personalized Learning in School Districts, RI Personalized Learning Conference, 2016;Teaching and Tech, 2017; Ed Leader 21, 2017. She holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Middlebury College, a Master’s from Harvard University’s Risk and Prevention Program in Human Development and Psychology, and her doctorate from Boston College where she conducted research on effective leadership around school-based 1:1 computing programs in the state of Massachusetts.
You can follow her on Twitter @annapnolin, on her school blog, http://natickps.wordpress.com or her personal blog Free Range Leadership @ http://annanolin.blogspot.com/.
Assistant Superintendent, Ashland Public Schools
Dr. Paul Vieira is the assistant superintendent of the Ashland Public Schools located in Ashland, Massachusetts. He has spent the last 25 years as a Spanish teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now as an assistant superintendent. The majority of his career has been spent at the secondary level. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in political science and Spanish; a master’s degree in education from Suffolk University; a CAGS in Education Leadership from Bridgewater State University; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern University.
Dr. Vieira is grounded in the belief that all kids have the ability to be successful and that it is our responsibility to create an environment that allows for that success to happen. Over the past few years he has done work in a curriculum review cycle, integrating social-emotional learning into the curriculum, cross-district collaboration, blogging, revamping the mentoring program, RTI, Twitter and Zoom sessions, and bringing the Lucy Calkins Workshop model to his district. Each of these providing teachers with the necessary tools to help students achieve at a high level.
He is the founder of Lead From the Heart. Dr. Vieira believes that regardless of our role in education, we are all leaders. Leading from the heart means that every day we show high energy, emotion, are action-oriented, build relationships and establish trust. With this, we help provide students and teachers the environment to succeed. He has presented on this topic with Dr. Cohen from Mendon Upton at various workshops and conferences and this year will present at the MSAA with her.
Throughout the years, he has served on four NEASC visiting teams; one as the Assistant Chair, was a member of various committees at the MSSAA including the Board of Directors, was a member of the Sportsmanship Committee at the MIAA, attended and presented at NASSP MSSAA, MSAA, MASS, MASS/MASC, MASSCue, MASCD Conferences, and district-based professional development days. Dr. Vieira is scheduled to present this year at the MASSCue conference and at an MSAA Workshop.