2017-18 Administrative Appointments

PRESS RELEASE: April 26, 2017

Last evening the Enfield Board of Education voted to appoint two teachers to administrative positions effective July 1, 2017. Additionally, the Superintendent has transferred five current administrators to new positions in the district effective July 1, 2017.

James Graham – Principal, Henry Barnard School

Mr. Graham was hired as Principal of Hazardville Memorial School in 2014. He came to the district from North Brookfield, Massachusetts and Rutland, Massachusetts where he served as a principal and assistant principal, respectively.  Prior to his service in administration, he taught at the elementary level in both Springfield and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mr. Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He later earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Management from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and a Certificate of Study from the National Institute of School Leadership through the Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association.

At Hazardville Memorial, Mr. Graham’s focus was improving teaching and learning, as well as developing a culture of improvement and professional practice.  When not at work, Mr. Graham enjoys reading, visiting museums, and spending time outdoors with his three children.

Irene Roman – Principal, Edgar Parkman School

Miss Roman has served as Principal at Nathan Hale Elementary School since 2014. She brings a wealth of experience from the classroom, having taught at several elementary grade levels.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Quinnipiac University, as well as a Master’s degree in Education and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport.

As Principal, Miss Roman continues to focus on improving teaching and learning through a team approach.  In 2015, she worked with staff to develop and implement new PBIS lessons that would support students’ social and emotional needs.  Miss Roman believes that building strong partnerships with families and the community are instrumental in enriching the education we provide to our students.  When Miss Roman is not working, she can be found gardening, hiking with her dog, or spending time with friends and family.

Lisa Hunter – Principal, Hazardville Memorial School

Mrs. Hunter served as the Pre-K STEAM Academy Coordinator during the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to this administrative position, she was an educator for over 15 years, serving the children of Ellington, Somers, and Enfield as a primary teacher.  For the past four years, she taught kindergarten at Enfield Street School, where she was head teacher during her last year there.

Mrs. Hunter earned a Sixth-Year degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Technology from Central Connecticut State University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Connecticut State University.

In her role as coordinator, Mrs. Hunter has led the staff through the process of preparing for National Association of Education for Young Children Accreditation of Early Learning Programs (NAEYC).  She has also been instrumental in working collaboratively to develop a meaningful curriculum for young learners.  When Mrs. Hunter is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Laura Gagnon – Assistant Principal, Enfield High School

Prior to joining Enfield High School as tenth grade Dean of Students in 2016, Mrs. Gagnon served as an assistant principal at Torrington Middle School.  Previously, Mrs. Gagnon was the Science Department Coordinator at Terryville High School in Plymouth, Connecticut.  While in Plymouth, Laura taught high school Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Forensics.  She began her teaching career with the Hartford Public Schools as a seventh and eighth grade general science teacher. 

Laura attended the University of Rhode Island, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Technology.  She earned a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of New Haven and earned a Professional Diploma for Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Bridgeport.

As a dean of students at Enfield High School, Laura worked with the Instructional Leadership Team to improve teaching and learning, organized schoolwide Eagle Hour clubs and activities, and served as the point person for the EHS Generation Leadership Program.  Throughout her career, Laura has developed and implemented school-wide advisory programs at both the middle and high school level.  She has also worked on the district level to create and revise professional development and teacher evaluation programs and has worked extensively with educators on utilizing technology in the classroom.  Outside of school, Laura enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and children.   

Matthew Murray – Dean of Students, Enfield High School

Mr. Murray has been the Secondary English Coordinator for the past two school years.  Prior to that, he was an English teacher and coach at both Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School.  Before teaching in Enfield, Mr. Murray taught in Springfield and Agawam, MA.

Mr. Murray is an Enfield native and a graduate of Enfield High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College, a Master’s degree in English from Trinity College, and a Graduate Studies degree in Educational Leadership from American International College.  Mr. Murray and his wife are lifelong Enfield residents and live in town with their three children.

JaclynValley – Coordinator, Stowe Pre-K STEAM Academy

Jaclyn Valley has served the community of Enfield since 2004, first as a kindergarten teacher and most recently as a K-2 STEAM teacher.  The Board of Education has appointed her to the position of Coordinator of the Stowe Pre-K STEAM Academy beginning July 1, 2017.

Ms. Valley is an Enfield native and an Enrico Fermi High School graduate.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Westfield University, a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College, and a Sixth-Year degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Valley has made it her mission to create and sustain meaningful home-school relationships with families.  In 2013, she received training and implemented a pilot for Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meetings.  APTT is the intersection between classroom instruction, home-school communication, relationship building, and student success.  She participated in grant planning for and the creation of a district-wide roll-out of APTT at the primary level.  Her time away from work is spent enjoying adventures with her son. 

Deborah Gaskell – Coordinator, English Department Grades 6-12

The Board of Education has appointed Ms. Gaskell to the position of Coordinator of the English Department Grades 6-12 beginning July 1, 2017.  Ms. Gaskell is a native of Enfield and a graduate of Enfield High School. She began teaching grade eight English at John F. Kennedy Middle School in September 2013.  Since then, she has alternated teaching seventh and eighth grade English literature and writing.  Previously, she taught for seven years in the Chicopee Public Schools before eagerly pursuing employment within Enfield Public Schools with an ambition to teach and enrich the community in her hometown.

After earning an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration at Asnuntuck Community College, Ms. Gaskell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Ms. Gaskell is completing her coursework in the Sixth-Year Educational Leadership program at Central Connecticut State University.

Upon employment at JFK, Ms. Gaskell has been highly involved in bringing best practices and new initiatives forward.  Specifically, she has modeled student-centered instructional practices for colleagues and has offered numerous professional development sessions on the topic.  Ms. Gaskell has also served on the town of Enfield Beautification Committee and numerous committees at JFK, where she continuously seeks a balanced approach to positive change with sensitivity from multiple perspectives.

Ms. Gaskell enjoys time with her husband, two sons, and large extended family. She finds ways to satisfy her days beyond the school setting by spending peaceful moments outdoors, kayaking on the Connecticut River, observing nature, gardening, and dabbling in her own reading, research, and writing.


Posted:  05-04-17