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Kingdom East School District Dispatch – September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019 Comments Off on Kingdom East School District Dispatch – September 13, 2019

2019-2020 CalendarKESD Strategic PlanKESD Continuous Improvement Plan Landing Page I was recently in a primary classroom engaged in word study.  As a group exercise, students were looking at their peers written names and finding shorter words within the names.   For instance Andrew had “and,” Hannah had “an.”  As the teacher asked the class to consider, one energetic boy looked, leaned forward and then leapt up, enthusiastically adding, “Well, Brooklyn has a country in her name!  It is a country!”  The teacher gently smiled “Oh, yes that is a great connection!”   At this point the teacher could have said that Brooklyn was actually not a country, rather a borough, one of five (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Yonkers and Brookln) in New York City, and no, this is not a country.   However if she said that, then she would have to explain what a borough is (as opposed to a continent, country, county, village or town).  And THEN the entire conversation would have digressed down a rabbit hole. Calm as can be, she gently added, “Brooklyn is part of a city, yes, and you made the connection between knowing this place and your friend’s name!” The young man smiled from ear…

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Welcome!

It is a considerable honor to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Kingdom East School District.

The citizens of Burke, Concord, Lyndon, Lunenburg, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock care deeply about public education and our preK-12 students. This support is essential in continuing the strength of our school programs. As we launch a new school district with both opportunities and challenges, I feel confident that each of our small towns can maintain their small community values and also serve the educational hopes and dreams for all our children.

We strive for our schools allow our children to be prepared to excel and thrive in college, careers and life. We have robust preK-8 schools and high school choice. In our first year as a District, I will work with our citizens, families, parents, school personnel and the Board to develop a strategic plan to guide our schools for the next decade. We will set up community engagement systems, provide a web and social media presence to communicate. We will strive to meet the aspirations of the young people whom we educate.
I look forward to continuing our academic programs, increasing personalization and authentic, place based learning, expanding co-curricular, civic, service and after school programs and creatively working across all schools to share resources and maximize our potential.

I believe in a commitment to both the development of community assets and service; I take great pride in empowering students and staff to reach their highest potential. I look forward to working with our entire community to make the 2018-19 school year successful and inspiring year.

Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent

Jennifer began as superintendent in in June of 2016. Her professional career started in independent boarding schools first as a Latin and English teacher then as as a counselor, dorm parent, admissions/development director, and school dean. She then moved to public secondary schools and taught Latin and mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) for seven years. She spent seven years as a secondary school principal at Mt Mansfield Union High School and five years as Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent in Richmond, Vermont. She received a doctoral degree from University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership, Masters in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College. @jenEDuvt or by email at jbotzojorns@kingdomeast.org.

Jennifer and her husband live in Concord. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, canoeing, and just being in the woods -- building and working with wood.