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.
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.
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.
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.