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.
A total of 16 administrators were new to their roles this year.
The Eagle's Learning page has been running a series of articles briefly highlighting these new administrators and what they've learned since being on the job, based on their responses to a brief questionnaire.
This week's report is the seventh and final installation in the series and features three Pittsfield Public Schools administrators: interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy, Deputy Superintendent Tracy Crowe and Silvio O. Conte Community School Principal Anna-Stina Wardlaw.
All three administrators are new to the school district this year. Noseworthy will soon wrap up his term and the district will welcome Jason "Jake" McCandless as its new permanent superintendent.
The whole new administrator series can be read online at www.berkshireeagle.com/learning.
Meet Gordon L. Noseworthy
Position: Interim superintendent for Pittsfield Public Schools.
Hometown and current town of residence: Noseworthy is originally from Montreal, Quebec, but has lived in Massachusetts since 1968. He's lived in Northampton since 1971.
Previous position: Noseworthy served as superintendent of schools for the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston.
A favorite thing about your job this year: I first worked in Pittsfield as an intern for my doctorate in 1969-70, the year Taconic opened, and returned in 1993 as co-chair for the NEASC Accreditation visit to Taconic. It [has been] a pleasure and an honor to return this year as an interim superintendent [while] the School Committee searched for a permanent leader for the Pittsfield schools.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: I am hoping that a new high school gets into the design phase with the state so progress can speed up toward building a new Taconic High School. It is very strange to have worked here the year the Taconic doors were first opened and to be talking now about replacing the school! Also, every chance I get I spread the word about the great things that happen in our classrooms; I sometimes wonder if everyone truly realizes that.
Meet Tracy Crowe
Position: Deputy superintendent for Pittsfield Public Schools.
Hometown and current town of residence: Crowe is from Upton and is living in Pittsfield.
Previous position: She served as the math coordinator for Marblehead Public Schools.
A favorite thing about your new job: The diversity of the district, the talented staff, and the cultural richness of the region.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: To create an atmosphere of collegiality and professionalism; to raise student achievement and community involvement; and to promote the successes of the Pittsfield Public Schools.
Meet Anna-Stina Wardlaw
Position: Principal of Silvio O. Conte Community School in Pittsfield.
Previous position: Wardlaw served as principal of Granville Village School in Granville.
A favorite thing about your new job: Conte Community has a strong collaborative spirit that permeates into all aspects of the school.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: One goal we have as a community is to focus on instruction in order to meet the expectations of the new state standards.