Marian joined CCER in 2014, partnering with public education leaders to implement transformational initiatives in their districts. Marian has had a 26-year career in public education as a teacher, principal, and as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in Rocky Hill Public Schools. The majority of her career has been in urban education settings – first as a student teacher in University of Connecticut’s Urban Education Program, then as a teacher and principal in Meriden Public Schools. Marian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s degree in Reading from Central Connecticut State University, and a Sixth Year degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She has also completed a PIMMS fellowship at Wesleyan University in the ’95 Integrated Math and Science program. Marian was awarded Meriden’s Teacher of the Year award in 2000 and received a Women in Leadership award in 2006 from the Women and Families Center in Meriden.
A few words from Marian:
“As the former principal of an elementary school with a diverse student population, I learned firsthand about the different levels of readiness that kindergartners show when they first start school. Half of my students came from impoverished backgrounds – encountering English as a second language, and without the opportunity to attend preschool. The other half of my students entered school with all the benefits of a more affluent start – which included access to preschool, homes filled with books and technology, and (consequently) a richer vocabulary and literacy background than their less affluent peers. My first challenge as an administrator was to provide an enriching experience for all students in the school, while simultaneously addressing the gap that already existed at age 5. Using a well-developed curriculum with the appropriate resources, all of our kindergarten teachers worked diligently to achieve that goal. Our success did not come immediately or easily. We worked together to share best practices, analyze student data, and provide supplemental instruction. As a result, we narrowed that gap for many children! I believe that every child – regardless of his/her race, ethnicity, or economic background – deserves the right to the highest quality education. Education should be differentiated to meet the needs of each student and dedicated to providing every child with the opportunity for a successful future.”