Hilory M.R. Paster

FOCUS: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP – VICE-PRINCIPAL

Accomplished educator with 25 years of experience in public education, combined with a CAGS in Educational Leadership with Principal Licenses in Middle School (6-8) and Elementary (K-5) levels. Certified Elementary 1-6 Professional; Moderate Special Needs, N-9 Professional, Elementary Math, K-6 Professional.

EDUCATION

Salem State University
CAGS, Educational Leadership (5/13)

  • Phi Lambda Theta National Honor Society

One Year Assistant Principal Internship – William H. Lincoln School, Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA (part of CAGS, 2012-5/13)

Boston College
Master of Arts & Science, Developmental & Educational Psychology (1996)

Wheelock College
Bachelor of Arts & Science, Elementary Education (1986)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Brookline Public Schools (Brookline, MA) 2007-present; 1988-2003

Math Specialist Grades 2, 4 and 5, William H. Lincoln School  (2007-present)

Grade 6 Math Teacher, William H. Lincoln School  (2010-2014)

Building Instructional Leader (Administration support as needed), William H. Lincoln School  (9/13-2014)

Lincoln is a K-8 elementary school serving ~600 students from 29 countries and speaking 18 different languages. 25% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and 15% are ELL. The school includes an adapted learning center for intensive special needs.

Leadership Highlights:

  • Served on Leadership Team: areas include leadership meeting planning and facilitation; staff interviews and hiring; teacher scheduling; implementation and organization of testing MCAS, NAEP (Nation’s Report Card); parent and teacher support around curriculum and students; mentor facilitation of new teachers (including orientation and ongoing support); assisted with the transition of new Principal (2010) and Assistant Principal (2011); collaborated on the development on K-8 behavior rubric; collaborated on the design of class placement process, assisted with redefining the school safety plan, participated in the creation of the new school food and dress code policies; collaborated on the planning of staff meetings, social action initiatives and diversity events; participated in Principal and staff search committees; served as Interview chair for Principal search, and liaison with Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Superintendent through two Principal searches.
  • Teaching and Learning Council: reported to Assistant Superintendent, served on this District-wide council functioning as a think tank for policy development and as a forum monitoring the pulse of the District and providing school-based insight
  • Discipline and policy: in charge of 4th and 5th grade recess, including structure, behavioral issues, accountability and staffing; designed and implemented recess protocols and individualized recess success plans
  • Lincoln School Advisory Council: co-developed school improvement plan, developed by-laws and council handbook, established school initiatives to increase achievement for all students, eliminate achievement gap and prepare students with skills needed for complex and diverse global society; led a subcommittee researching services needed for the school’s special populations; made recommendations to Council on how to meet those needs and integrate into the School Improvement Plan (2007-2013)
  • Action Research Project: Differentiated Instruction (year-long project): created a professional learning community of teachers at Lincoln School, with the goal of coming to ‘best practices’ conclusions for their classrooms; met monthly; facilitated discussions
  • Olweus Planning Committee: co-facilitated full day staff training and launch of Olweus social competency curriculum, collaborated on implementation, and facilitated decision making meetings regarding progress and issues around bullying
  • Lincoln School Instructional Representative for District-Wide Instructional Rounds Initiative (2009-2011): collaborated with district’s vertical leadership team to develop consensus on high quality learning and teaching; focused on the use of observation and analysis of instructional practice to build a system-wide strategy for instructional improvement.
  • Supervision and Evaluation: coached Brookline teachers with implementation of new ThinkMath Curriculum; conducted on-going supervision providing feedback on pedagogy, mentored, modeled and co-taught lessons. Building Mentor Facilitator; provide first year induction and monthly mentor seminars; supervise mentees and support teachers through first year. Served as liaison to Math Curriculum Coordinator.
  • Professional Development. Facilitated professional learning communities and division (grades 3-5), staff meetings. Utilized protocols to guide discussions around teaching and learning. Provided professional learning opportunities for the development of math content and pedagogical knowledge for classroom teachers. Facilitated professional development on flexible grouping, tiered instruction and whole class models of differentiated instruction for content. Designed and implemented whole grade flexible grouping model for grades 4 and 5. Presented morning math meetings for parents: Orientation to ThinkMath, Mathematics Across the Grades, and Differentiating Instruction in Mathematics.
  • District-Wide collaborator on development of Brookline’s Beginning of the Year Assessments (BOYA), Middle of the Year Assessments (MOYA), and End of the Year Assessments (EOYA). Math Specialist and Lincoln School Data Team Member; analyzed district and school based MCAS, BOYA and EOYA data, developed programmatic recommendations, led teachers in their analyses of student achieve-ment data to create individual student intervention plans, overall instructional goals and curriculum design.

Grade 6 Math Teacher, Math Specialist grades 2, 4 and 5  (2007-present)
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher, William H. Lincoln School  (1989-2003)
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher, Runkle School  (1988-1989)

Significant Accomplishments:

  • Currently piloting a new program, Response to Intervention (RTI) a structured, tiered response to intervention
  • Awarded a Brookline Foundation Education Grant for “Explain It” a technology-based student tutorial (2013)
  • Designed/implemented curriculum following state frameworks for all curriculum subjects
  • Collaborated with special education teams to design tiered intervention
  • Established 5th grade Morning Math Enrichment Program
  • Conducted mathematical research with Teachers Educational Research Center (TERC)
  • Collaborated and presented state-wide “Train-the-Teacher” seminar to Brookline education staff: “Investigating the Big Ideas” – TERC – Investigations Curriculum
  • Modified curriculum to meet individual needs; Universal Design model
  • Utilized Responsive Classroom Philosophy for developing community
  • Coached teachers on instruction and math
  • Initiated full-year internship with Simmons College; liaison between Simmons College and Brookline Public Schools regarding placement, supervision, evaluation, and intern training

South Windsor Public Schools (South Windsor, CT) 1986-1988
Grade Three/Four Classroom Teacher 

KeepingPace, Incorporated (Gloucester, MA) 2003-2007
Co-Founder, VP Sales & Marketing, Product Development – Children’s Orthopedic Footwear Company

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY

  • National Council of Teachers Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Association Teachers Mathematics in Massachusetts (ATMIM)
  • SEABOARD; Swampscott Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Elected President (2000, 2001)
  • New England Center for Conductive Education (2000—2004); Director of a comprehensive therapeutic program for children with cerebral palsy
  • Educational Advocate; certified advocate through Federation of Children with Special Needs
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