Fairfield Curriculum Leadership Structure 2014-2015

Fairfield currently has 3 different levels of curriculum leadership serving 14 program areas. A chart detailing the curriculum hierarchy in the district has been developed and outlines the various positions currently held in the district, the grade levels that each position is responsible for, and the percentage of time devoted to coordinating. Major role responsibilities are detailed below.

Curriculum Leaders report directly to the Interim Director of Elementary Education (PK – 5) and the Director of Secondary Education (6 – 12). These are full-time administrative positions. In collaboration with the building administrators, the curriculum leaders have the following responsibilities:

  • collaborate with building leaders and teachers to meet the varied needs of the core curriculum departments.
  • develop and manage program budgets.
  • develop and revise curriculum to ensure alignment to the Common Core as well as state and national standards.
  • develop local assessments to align with more rigorous Common Core Standards and state assessments.
  • provide feedback to teachers as part of the teacher evaluation system.
  • provide content-specific professional development.
  • recruit and interview new teachers.
  • assist teachers with instructional practice.
  • communicate with parents.

The Curriculum Leaders meet regularly with the Director of Elementary Education and the Director of Secondary Education, as well as their respective departments, in order to support high achievement for all students.

Curriculum Coordinators are part-time teachers with release time to perform their coordinator duties. These positions are evaluated by their building administrator, and they do not supervise or evaluate teachers. In collaboration with the building administrators, the curriculum coordinators have the following responsibilities:

  • insure smooth operation of their departments.
  • develop and revise curriculum aligned to state and national standards.
  • develop and manage their program budgets.
  • provide professional development.
  • order materials and resources.
  • coordinate programs for the community (i.e. concerts, art shows, health fairs etc.).
  • communicate with parents.

The Curriculum Coordinators meet regularly with the Director of Elementary Education and the Director of Secondary Education, as well as their respective departments, in order to support high achievement for all students.

Department Liaisons are full-time teachers with no release time. They receive a stipend for the added responsibilities associated with this position. In collaboration with the building administrators, the department liaisons have the following responsibilities:

  • develop and revise curriculum aligned to state and national standards.
  • develop and manage their program budgets.
  • order materials and resources.
  • provide professional development.

The Department Liaisons meet regularly with the Director of Elementary Education and the Director of Secondary Education, as well as their respective departments, in order to support high achievement for all students.

Curriculum Leadership Structure
2016-2017

Central Office

(PK – 5) Michael Cummings, Director of Elementary Education
(6 – 12) Margaret Boice, Director of Secondary Education

Curriculum Leaders
(full time administrators)

Pamela Khairallah Language Arts 1.0 Pre K – 5
Walter Wakeman Math / Science 1.0 Pre K – 5
John Chiappetta English / Language Arts 1.0 6 – 12
Paul Rasmussen Math 1.0 6 – 12
Patrice Faggella Science 1.0 6 – 12
Gregg Pugliese Social Studies 1.0 6 – 12

Curriculum Coordinators
(part time teacher / part time coordinator)

The chart indicates the percentage of each coordinator’s FTE for coordination.

Michele Hermsen Art .6 K – 12
Lori Mediate Health .4 K – 12
Sara Hoefer Music .6 K – 12
Dave Abraham Physical Education .6 K – 12
Eileen Frankel World Language .6 3 – 12

Department Liaisons
(full time teachers with additional stipend)

Nicki Callahan Library Media K – 5
Leslie Ford Social Studies K – 5
Michelle Bourque ELL K – 5
Colleen Rodrigues ELL 6 – 12
Carolyn Waters Library Media 6 – 12
Jeff Iwanicki Industrial Tech. Ed. 7 – 12
Robin Terwilliger Business 9 – 12
Rachel Keleher Family Consumer Science 6 – 12

The Department Liaisons meet regularly with the Director of Elementary Education and the Director of Secondary Education, as well as their respective departments, in order to support high achievement for all students.