East Hartford assistant superintendent focused on improving student achievement
By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Anne Marie Mancini has only been on the job as the new assistant superintendent of East Hartford public schools for a few weeks, but she’s already set the tone in terms of her work ethic. “I can tell you, nobody outworks me,” said Mancini, who just this week was still at work at 8:30 p.m. when a custodian urged her to go home.
This sense of dedication is one of the traits that Mancini brings to her new role of assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum, instruction and assessment, a position she officially started on July 29. Superintendent Nathan Quesnel said Mancini’s role was made possible through grant funding. The addition of Mancini’s position brings the total number of assistant superintendents in town to two, along with Debbie Kaprove, who is the assistant superintendent of elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment.
This is actually Mancini’s second stint with the East Hartford public school system. In 1996, while she was working on her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, she was a student teacher for English at the high school, mostly teaching juniors and seniors. She completed her undergraduate work at UConn in 1994 with a degree in English and a minor in social studies and sociology. Three years later, she earned her master's in secondary English education from UConn.
Her first teaching job was in 1997, at Newington High School, where she taught English and social studies until 2001. From 2001 until 2007, she taught English and was the English department chairman for the Metropolitan Learning Center in Bloomfield. The Metropolitan Learning Center is one of the Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) magnet schools.
In 2007, she was promoted by CREC and served in a one-year role as the secondary literacy curriculum specialist. Mancini said in this role she would go to different school systems in the district and assist teachers with developing lessons, working with students and creating assessments. “I would model lessons for them, or if they were struggling with how to handle the class or if they were teaching a new unit, I would help them,” said Mancini.
After that she became the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for CREC, a role which she held until taking on her new job with East Hartford. Mancini said some of the major components of her job are to support the principals, department chairs and teachers as they implement their school improvement plans and “placing a laser-like focus on looking at our student achievement data and making sure that our students continue to grow and make progress.”
“My number-one goal is to focus on improving student achievement,” added Mancini. “That's something that was really important to me as I went through the interview process.”