How do leaders strive to move schools in a good direction, from whatever starting point?  That is the central question of school change, and that is the question that is occupying Deb Beaupre (UVEI Principal Intern Class of 2015), the new assistant principal at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School.

Drawing on her long experience as a teacher and a teacher leader, and building on the ideas,  experiences, practice and feedback she gained at UVEI,  Deb has (at least) two starting answers:  listen and rely on evidence.

Deb understands that good leadership begins with listening. “I know that my job is to listen, and better understand where teachers are coming from,” she said. With this commitment in mind, she began her tenure by seeking to understand how teachers approach their work, the challenges they are wrestling with and the support they were looking for.

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Dear UVEI Alumni,

As the 2016-2017 school year approaches, I wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation for all the work you do on behalf of children and fellow educators. We believe that great educators are the heart of great schools, and you are the ones who make that happen every day. Thank you!

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