SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The children come first.

Schools should reflect the values of their community and we are proud to say Jamestown schools do just that. Jamestown schools are among the best in the state. Our teachers are well versed in the new standards and methods of student evaluation.  We are working hard to address the new needs generated by the Covid-19 pandemic and to turn them into new opportunities for learning. 

Agnes Filkins
I have lived permanently in Jamestown since 1998. I graduated with a BA from Emmanuel College, Boston MA and a Masters of Ed from Salem State College, now Salem State University.  In 1999, I retired from a 36-year career teaching elementary, junior high and high school.  The last 26 years of my career, I taught reading and English at Algonquin Regional High School, in Northboro, MA.  My tenure there included being Department Chair of the Reading Department and designing and teaching English to at risk students. I also was involved in Grades 1-12 curriculum development in language arts, chairing several committees.  Because I love teaching I continued in education by substitute teaching in Jamestown and North Kingstown.   I “retired” in June, 2015.

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Kristine Lapierre
I and my family moved to Jamestown in the summer of 2015 because of the quality of the schools available to our daughter who was about to enter kindergarten.  Having seen all that the school system has given my daughter, I want to ensure that this quality continues not just for her and her classmates but for the students to come. I feel strongly that it is my responsibility to give back to the community in which I live. As a member of the School Committee, I will be able to do just that, drawing on my experience as an educator and my passion as a parent.

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Sally Schott
I have lived in Jamestown since 1994 with my husband Peter and we were lucky to send our three children through the Jamestown Schools.  I am on the School Committee to help ensure that Jamestown Schools continue to offer an excellent education and with the hope that our schools will continue to attract young families to our island for years to come.

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Keith Roberts
I have three children in the Jamestown schools and have followed the workings of the School Committee closely, in particular the budget process. As an executive with a young technology company, I know about investment and bottom lines and building for the future. There is no greater investment a community can make than the education of its children. I was appointed to the School Committee in the spring  of 2018, and I look forward to continuing to ensure that our investment is carefully managed but,  more importantly, that our children flourish.

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Drew Allsopp
I spent my career working in urban schools and in urban education policy.  I began his career as a teacher in NYC.  More recently, I served as a director within the RI Department of Education, and as Director of Policy for RI Lt. Governor Dan McKee. Currently, Drew is Chief of Finance & Operations of the Nowell Academy, a Providence nonprofit organization and charter high school that prepares pregnant and parenting students for college, careers, and family life. 

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