(April 21, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Richard Wareing, Chairman of the Hartford Board of Education, announced today that after an extensive nationwide search that began in January 2014, the Board selected Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez to be the Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez is currently the Deputy Superintendent of School Support and Improvement in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools, a system that serves 151,000 students in 202 schools. Her office is responsible for the supervision of all principles and for supporting their school improvement efforts as well as for the district’s leadership development program and coordination of professional learning.
“The search committee, which included a variety of stakeholders from different sectors of the community, overwhelming selected a candidate among two highly qualified individuals,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m proud of their work. Now we can get continue our efforts to ensure that our students get the high quality education they deserve. I look forward to partnering with Ms. Schiavino-Narvaez to fulfill our responsibilities to the families and children of Hartford.”
“We are fortunate to have an educator with Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez’s leadership experience in diverse communities, with large complex organizations, assume the leadership role for our team, which includes the mayor, board, staff, parents, students, and our entire community,” Chairman Wareing commented. “We are committed, under Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez’s leadership, to expanding educational opportunities for every child in Hartford.”
The search was conducted by Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, drew over 219 inquiries from 35 states. Of the 219 inquiries, 59 candidates completed the application process. Based on the characteristics identified by a diverse 13-person stakeholder search committee, 17 candidates were identified for vetting before 13 were selected as semi-finalists. The 13 semi-finalists for the Hartford Public Schools search were from the states of California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. After further consideration, six were selected for in-depth interviews and three were asked to make a substantive presentation to the search committee.
Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez and Dr. Ronald Taylor, the Superintendent of Willingboro, New Jersey, were selected by the Search Committee to participate in a series of community forums on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Prior to joining the Montgomery County Public Schools, Schiavino-Narvaez was the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Springfield, Massachusetts Public Schools. She began her career as a Fulbright scholar in South Korea, where she taught English at a Korean public high school. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati.
In addition to her international experiences, Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez worked as a teacher in an urban middle school in her home state of Pennsylvania. After completing her Master’s degree in school leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she served as an Elementary and Middle School Principal in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Public Schools. Schiavino-Narvaez has a BS in Elementary Education from Penn State University, an Ed.M in School Leadership and an Ed.D in the Urban Superintendency, both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chairman Wareing indicated that upon the completion of contract negotiations, Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez would be reintroduced to the Hartford community in an upcoming special event day. July 1, 2014 is the anticipated start date for the new superintendent.
Wareing stated that this successful process would not have been possible without the passion and diligence that was displayed by the 13-person search committee. “We are grateful to every member of the committee for their contribution to this process,” he added. “I also thank and praise the two co-chairs of the search committee Dr. José Colon-Rivas and Robert Cotto Jr., for their leadership.”
“I thank Mayor Segarra and my fellow board members for their efforts, hard work, and support throughout this very important process,” Chairman Wareing said. “This wasn’t an easy decision for us, but it was the right one.”
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2014
Richard Wareing, Board of Education Chairman
José Colón-Rivas, Superintendent Search Committee Co-chair
Robert Cotto, Jr., Superintendent Search Committee Co-chair