Dr. Susan F. Henry
I have lived in Berlin with my husband for nearly 35 years and am a life-long educator, recently retired. I was appointed to fill a school committee vacancy in June 2018 and was subsequently elected to the committee. I currently serve as School Committee Chair, lead the policy subcommittee, and serve as liaison to the Berlin Select Board. Previously, I compiled and streamlined tools and processes to support the school committee with conducting a consistent, transparent, and fair process for the annual evaluation of the superintendent, one of the key roles of the school committee. I am an advocate for high-quality public education and welcome the opportunity to serve on the school committee.
Previously, I taught children in the elementary grades for 22 years and was a National Board Certified Teacher. I also taught graduate education students and provided professional development to district, school, and teacher leaders on effective data use and assessment practices, instructionally-focused teams, and leadership practice. I conducted school and district quality reviews in and beyond Massachusetts and provided technical assistance to several state departments of education. I also helped design and launch two new schools – a suburban district school and an urban Montessori charter school – as well as an online teacher leadership program. I earned my B.S. from Lesley College in 1978 and Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University in 1993 and 2012, respectively.
On a personal level, you can find me most days weaving, knitting, quilting, gardening, reading (ask me about our read-aloud book group!), or playing with our cats, and we frequently enjoy many cultural events and concerts in the area.