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Originally from Central Massachusetts, Jason relocated to the South Coast to take on his current position within the New Bedford Public Schools. Of his LSC experience, Jason says, “In addition to the content of the program, the networking and relationships I built while in the cohort assisted me in getting my arms around local issues and building the connections with partner agencies that have assisted me in solving some big challenges. It is an experience that has definitely helped me be more effective in my professional role.”

What do you do professionally?

In the role of Deputy Superintendent for the New Bedford Public Schools, I am charged with direct supervision and support of our 25 schools, principals and assistant principals, oversee the Office of Instruction and its administrators within the Central Office which supports all of the teaching, learning, assessment and turnaround work, lead and manage the district’s Accelerated Improvement Plan required by the Department of Education due to the district’s Level 4 status, and support directly the Superintendent of Schools.

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage? 

The beautiful children of New Bedford are always my direct and constant motivation. New Bedford has a wealth of very strong community agencies that support directly our families, students and schools. I work with many of our agencies to assist in aligning the work of both the schools and agencies. That is an aspect of the work that I feel very honored to be able to do as we have so many caring and dedicated community leaders. On the more leisurely side, I run many road races in the area and enjoy taking in the South Coast scenery while logging in miles and staying healthy.

What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership? 

I can’t say enough about how much participating in LSC helped me in my current role. I relocated to the area to take on my current position within the New Bedford Public Schools. I am from Central Massachusetts and knew very little about the South Coast before moving to the area. LSC really helped me get the landscape of the local politics, economics, renewable energy, and social justice issues facing the region. In addition to the content of the program, the networking and relationships I built while in the cohort assisted me in getting my arms around local issues and building the connections with partner agencies that have assisted me in solving some big challenges. It is an experience that has definitely helped me be more effective in my professional role.

Describe your leadership in one word.

Gritty

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