Dr. Brian J. Blake, Superintendent of Schools

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Dr. Brian J. Blake, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Brian J. Blake is in his 17th year as a superintendent, serving the Sanborn Regional, Hopkinton and Farmington, NH school districts previously.  Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Blake served as a Director of Student Services and Associate School Psychologist.  He also has a counseling background, working with students at the Spaulding Youth Center and in residential treatment facilities in New Jersey.  Dr. Blake earned a Bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Studies at Penn State, a Master’s in Psychology from New York University, his C.A.G.S. from Plymouth State College in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

During his tenure as a superintendent, Dr. Blake has successfully navigated school districts through a variety of experiences, including the construction of an elementary school, a nearly $1 Million budget cut, and a number of crises involving students and staff. Additionally, he has had success in negotiating a variety of bargaining unit contracts with teachers, support staff, and custodians.  Dr. Blake joins districts during challenging times. His calm demeanor and ability to connect with the staff and community quickly set the districts on the right course.  Some of his recent work included developing the first strategic plan in nearly 20 years for the Sanborn Regional District.  The district developed clear goals and continued to work toward them.  A new Supervision and Evaluation Model, Standards based report cards, and a new Professional Development Master Plan were also established in the time during his tenure.  One of the highlights of his tenure in Sanborn was the successful transformation of the district to a fully competency-based school system.  His work has gained him state and national recognition as a leader in this area.

Dr. Blake is the Past President of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA) where he chaired the legislative committee, scholarship committee and served on professional development. He was also the superintendent liaison to the NH Music Educators’ Association. He served two years on Governor Maggie Hassan’s Task Force on STEM Education.  Most recently, Dr. Blake has been recognized by his colleagues as the NH Superintendent of the Year for 2016 based on his work in competency based education and the PACE Project, a first in the nation project aimed at moving away from standardized assessments.  He has presented on various topics both at the state and national level, including a presentation to gain approval from the US Secretary of Education for the NH PACE project.

In his personal life, Dr. Blake is involved in the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the governing board for the Daniel Webster Council in NH.  He is also active in his church community. He enjoys spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee cruising the lake, fishing or rafting with friends.  Annette, his wife of 23 years, is a school counselor in the Belmont, NH school system.  They have two children: Abby, a Senior at Northeastern University in Boston; and Hunter, studying at NHTI in Concord, NH.

 Joanne Cuff, Director of Finance and Operations

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Joanne Cuff, Director of Finance and Operations

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Ms. Joanne M. Cuff is the Ipswich Public School District’s Director of Finance and Operations.  In her role, Ms. Cuff manages the district  budget and all financial and accounting operations.  She is also responsible for the transportation, food services and facilities programs.    She has held this position with the district since 2009.  Prior to working for the Ipswich Public Schools, Ms. Cuff served as the Assistant to  the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Massachusetts.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of  Massachusetts, a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary School Business Official License and is a Massachusetts  Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO.)

Dr. Beverly Hegedus, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

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Dr. Beverly Hegedus, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Email: bhegedus@ipsk12.net

Subsequent to receiving her doctorate in Counselor Education from Boston University as an NDEA Fellow,  Dr. Beverly H. Hegedus has spent her entire professional life in the field of education.   She began as a School Psychologist for the Lynnfield Public Schools, and then moved into a Team Chairperson role there.  This was followed by six years tenure as a K-8 Special Education District Supervisor in the Lexington (MA) Public Schools.  Since July 2014, Dr. Hegedus has served as the Pupil Services Director in Ipswich.  Dr. Hegedus holds Department of Elementary and Secondary licenses as a teacher, guidance counselor, school psychologist, and special education administrator.

 Tracy Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

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Tracy Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

Email: twagner@ipsk12.net

Tracy Wagner is the Director of Teaching and Learning for Ipswich Public Schools. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and educational leader for the past eighteen years, including at Harvard University, Boston Public Schools and the Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in English and teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tracy lives in Medford, Massachusetts with her partner Kris, son Grant and a whole lot of toy trains, cars and construction vehicles.

 Sheila Halloran, Principal, Paul F. Doyon Memorial School

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Sheila Halloran, Principal, Paul F. Doyon Memorial School

Email: shalloran@ipsk12.net

It is my honor and privilege to be starting my eigth year as principal here at Doyon.

As far as my bio…

I grew up in MA until I was nine then moved to NH. My family and I spent every summer at Hampton Beach. I attended Plymouth State College for my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Salem State College for my elementary education degree. After college, I taught fifth grade in Exeter, NH before moving to New York. While  living in New York for the past twenty years, I have taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade and was the assistant principal of a middle school. Over the years, I have earned two master's’ degrees. My first master's’ degree is in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Literacy from Lesley University and my second degree in School Administration & Supervision from College of New Rochelle.

 Sheila McAdams, Principal, Winthrop School

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Sheila McAdams, Principal, Winthrop School

Email: smcadams@ipsk12.net

In an idyllic land not too far away, Sheila grew up under the watchful eyes of a large farming family. Eager and optimistic, she spent her days exploring pastures, barns and fields.

Fueled by her voracious reading appetite, Sheila’s carefree days were filled with games of imagination and exploration adventures. School days were a delight and, much like at home, she reveled in new, engaging opportunities at every turn.

After reaching the highest of heights in high school, Sheila was encouraged to apply to college.  Applications were mailed both near and far. Much to her surprise (and that of her family!), college acceptance letters arrived, beckoning her to new adventures. Sheila was Hamilton College-bound.

When viewed in a rear-view mirror, adult years often seem to move much more quickly than those of childhood.  What was once a dream of becoming a doctor morphed into a newfound yearning to learn alongside children. After college, Sheila moved to Boston, worked in the Boston Public Schools and attained her Master’s degree at Lesley University. One of Sheila’s greatest joys is that each day she works in a school with people, whom she respects, and children that she loves. And every day, Sheila is reminded that her own love for learning, teaching, exploring and adventures remains as strong today as it did under the blue skies of her childhood.

 Dave Fabrizio, Principal, Ipswich Middle School

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Dave Fabrizio, Principal, Ipswich Middle School

Email: dfabrizio@ipsk12.net

I was born in Syracuse, NY and lived in a small town west of the city called Camillus. I had a great childhood. All my memories, at least the memories not blotted out by foot after foot of snow, were of playing with my immediate family (two brothers and two sisters), my extended family (there are a lot of Fabrizios) and numerous friends from morning til night. At age 12 my bucolic small town life was turned upside down as my father moved the family to Lawrence, MA. While I was not thrilled about the move I found Lawrence to be a fascinating place to grow up as a teen. At that time Lawrence was a blue collar city with many strong families. I proudly graduated from Lawrence High School (class of 1981) and made my way to Curry College (Milton, MA) where I was going to be a football star and major in communications. Unfortunately economics got in the way and I transferred to Salem State College (now the U!)

At Salem I changed majors from communications to history. I graduated with a degree in History, a minor in education, and a teaching certification for life!! (Or at least until the DOE changed the rules.) I was fortunate enough to be hired by my alma mater, Lawrence High, where I spent the next 13 wonderful years teaching history, coaching, mentoring, volunteering, and doing whatever I could for dear old LHS. In 1999 I decided it was time to move on and landed at Whitter Tech. At Whittier I taught history for three years and was the boys' varsity hoop coach for 8 years. I left Wildcat Country in the early part of this century and began to teach at Methuen High School. While at MHS I was the varsity baseball coach and served the school in a number of capacities. During all that I found time to earn a Master's Degree in Education (2001) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Administration (2005) from SSU.

In 2008 I accepted an Assistant Principal's job at North Andover Middle School. I spent four eventful years at NAMS and now find myself here at IMS. I look forward to a long career here in Ipswich.

On a personal note I have three children, Nicholas,  Jenna, and Jake.

 Kathy McMahon, Vice Principal, Ipswich Middle School

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Kathy McMahon, Vice Principal, Ipswich Middle School

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Mr. Jonathan Mitchell

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Mr. Jonathan Mitchell

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 Jeff Carovillano, Vice Principal, Ipswich High School

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Jeff Carovillano, Vice Principal, Ipswich High School

Email: jcarovillano@ipsk12.net

Jeffrey Carovillano has been the Ipswich High School Assistant Principal since 2012.  Previously he was the Assistant Principal at Melrose High School after more than a decade as a Social Studies teacher in Melrose and at Manchester Essex Regional High School.  Prior to his career as an educator, Jeff was a professional archaeologist working on major archaeological projects like the Big Dig in Boston.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters Degree in Historical Archaeology form the University of Massachusetts in Boston.  Jeff lives in Manchester by the Sea with his wife Jeanne and two young children Brigid and Bodin and in his free time enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing on Ipswich Bay.