Parker School Appoints Director of Sizer Teachers Center
Dear Members of the Parker Community,
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen L. Meaney as Director of the Sizer Teachers Center. Colleen will join the Parker community and the Sizer Teachers Center from Concord-Carlisle High School, where she has served as assistant principal since 2012; prior to Concord-Carlisle, Colleen spent eleven years as Dean of Faculty at an Essential School, Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Located at Parker, the Sizer Teachers Center provides workshops, custom visits, school coaching, and consulting services to educators, schools, and districts. The theory behind the work of the Sizer Teachers Center is that schools involved in reform—whether existing or new schools—benefit most from professional development that is carried out by people engaged in and committed to the same type of work. Parker teachers and students are frequent contributors to this work.
We’re excited to expand our Teachers Center programming and are confident that Colleen has the right blend of commitment, leadership, and creativity to move the work forward. Now more than ever, it’s vital that we raise awareness of the contributions made by Essential Schools, the Sizers, and Parker to the progressive education tradition and to advocate for authentic, deeper learning experiences for all students.
Colleen began a letter to the search committee with a question she remembered hearing at a Parker graduation: What happens when the skills that you possess line up with the needs of a particular community? Through the interview process, the search committee and faculty participants gained an appreciation for Colleen’s past successes in fostering and promoting mission-driven community in the interest of student learning; we also appreciated Colleen’s ideas about expanding the impact of the Sizer Teachers Center through partnerships, publishing, advocacy, and resource development.
Colleen’s appointment represents the culmination of a nation-wide search that began in December. We express our gratitude to the teachers, students, trustees, and community members who participated in the process. I extend special thanks to the other members of the search committee- Debbie Osofsky, Julie Bartsch, and Sara Bailey-- for their diligence and care. Our community looks forward to welcoming Colleen into the Sizer Teachers Center role on 1 July 2017.
On behalf of the Search Committee,
Todd Sumner - Principal