The 2012-13 school year in Berkshire County brought a number of changes in administrative staff at local schools, from both the K-12 sector and in higher education.
The Learning page is running a series of articles briefly highlighting these new administrators and what they've learned half a year into their job, based on their responses to a brief e-mail questionnaire.
This week's report is the third installation in the series and features two administrators: Aaron Robb, assistant principal at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton and Heidi Dickerson, principal of Berkshire School in Lenox.
The series can be read online at www.berkshireeagle.com/learning.
The next group of profiles will run April 9.
Meet Heidi Dickerson
Position: Principal of Berkshire Christian School in Lenox.
Hometown and current town of residence: Dickerson is originally from Glens Falls, N.Y., and lives in Pittsfield.
Previous position: Dickerson has been a member of the Berkshire Christian School faculty since 2007. She has a bachelor of science in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo, and a master of science degree in reading and language arts from Eastern Connecticut State University.
A favorite thing about your new job: Leading a dedicated staff who pour their lives into their students. Dickerson and her husband, Jason, also have two daughters enrolled in the school.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: Find a way to make a Christian education available to every family.
Position: Assistant principal at Wahconah Regional High School, Central Berkshire Regional School District in Dalton.
Hometown and current town of residence: Robb said he "proudly" represents his hometown of Cummington and resides in Dalton.
Previous position: A social studies teacher at Wahconah for 15 years.
A favorite thing about your new job: My favorite thing so far is the new perspective I have of my school. I finally get to see the great work that everybody is doing. I also have the opportunity to work with our dean of students, Steve Messina. We work together on disciplinary issues. He is great to work with.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: The one major issue that I am working on is creating an anti-bullying curriculum that can be implemented starting in September. I am working with a terrific group of people consisting of counselors and our health coordinator.
We also have a core group of students that would like to address the issue of bullying from a student's perspective. Steve Messina and I are working with those students to try and get them organized and to clarify their message. We look forward to seeing this group develop into a positive force within our school.
The other area that we are re-examining is school security. That will be an on-going process and will depend heavily on funding.