Windsor Locks High School welcomes new dean of students

By Nicole Michaud - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
WLHS’s new Dean of Students, Regina McGillivray. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

WINDSOR LOCKS - Windsor Locks Public Schools Superintendent Wayne Sweeney recently announced the appointment of Regina McGillivray as the new dean of students for Windsor Locks High School, effective Jan. 18. McGillivray has a history of commitment to education and student success, in and out of the classroom.
For the past five years, McGillivray has worked with Windsor Locks public schools as a 10th grade biology teacher and the 6–12th grade science curriculum coordinator. Prior to her tenure with the Windsor Locks public school system, McGillivray’s extensive résumé included more than 15 years of teaching junior high and high school courses in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has provided numerous contributions to Windsor Locks High School beyond her teaching capacity in various ways, including modeling teacher/parent connections using Home School Collaboration and facilitating “Teach Like a Champion” techniques.
McGillivray credits her commitment to the education field to one thing – the students. “It all comes down to the students,” she said, when asked about her inspiration.  “They’re the ones that inspire me. Guiding their journeys, watching them unfold, is a daily inspiration.” As a teacher, McGillivray had the opportunity to develop “lots of great relationships in the classroom” with her students, which have contributed to their response. “Students have been really positive,” she said.
In her new role as the high school’s dean of students, McGillivray’s inspiration will be her primary responsibility. She will be responsible for the academic progress of students and the evaluation of current programs while collaborating with fellow administrators and teachers to identify student needs and develop programs to address them.
While she won’t be present at the front of the class anymore as an instructor, McGillivray will still have a presence in the classroom, as her position requires her to work closely with the teaching staff by providing instructional guidance and working together to do what’s best for the students.
With only a few weeks under her belt, she is still adapting to the shift in responsibility. She is no longer accountable for classrooms of students, but now, for an entire student body, which she admits is going to take time to develop her skills and adjust to a more unstructured day outside of the classroom. McGillivray is grateful for colleagues that have paved her path to make the transition a smooth one with what she describes as “good systems,” “dynamic” leadership and “demonstrated success.” “I’m fortunate to work with these leaders,” she stated. “I’ve seen what they’ve done in their positions and those are the people I want to work with.”
As dean of students, she hopes to facilitate more community involvement with the high school. With research proving that schools with strong community support fare better than those without, McGillivray understands the need to increase the community’s connection to the students and staff.  While hopeful, she acknowledged that this may be a challenge. She admits, “How to go about doing that is the puzzle I have to solve.”
McGillivray holds a Bachelor’s degree in medical technology from UConn, a Master’s degree in general education from Simmons College, and an additional 30 credits beyond her Master’s from various universities. She is certified as an intermediate administrator and supervisor, and coordinated the writing of the science elective curriculum for Windsor Public Schools.

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