Superintendent Stamford Public School (SPS) Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) announced the appointment of Jennifer DeRubeis as Interim Principal of Julia A. Stark Elementary School, effective July 1, 2017. DeRubeis is replacing current Principal Edith Presley who announced she would be leaving the district at the end of this school year.
DeRubeis is currently the SPS Director of Early Childhood, where she works with the district administration team, families and community-based stakeholders to prepare children to be successful in elementary school. Prior to assuming this position DeRubeis was the curriculum associate for Early Childhood Education. She has held numerous positions since joining the district in 1998, including Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) teacher for K-5 students, literacy coach, Summer Start head teacher, elementary classroom teacher, grade-level leader, and math liaison. DeRubeis currently serves as the co-chair of the Community Action Network for the Cradle-to-Career collective impact initiative.
The district conducted an extensive and thorough search for a principal for Stark, which included screening the more than 50 individuals who applied for this position. Fifteen candidates were provided an opportunity to interview with a search committee comprised of parents, staff and community members.
“Although many of the candidates had most of the desired attributes, no single candidate possessed all of the experience, skills and knowledge, we believe are needed to ultimately be selected as our next leader at Stark School,” said Assistant Superintendent-Elementary Tamu Lucero. “We are confident that Jen has the skills and enthusiasm to lead the school for the upcoming school year. We will repost the position early next year to attract a broader range of applicants. ”
To help develop internal capacity, the district is in the process of creating an aspiring leader program to further develop assistant principals and administrative interns for future opportunities. The program will focus on instructional leadership, strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, culture, climate and meeting the educational needs of all learners.
The opening for an Interim Director of Early Childhood will be posted later this week.