Fostering a Positive School Culture

Family Partnerships and Communication in K-8 Schools

March 2, 2022 | 12:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Speakers:  Kristen Evans, M.Ed., Principal, Sheehan School, Westwood, AthenaK12 Speaker; Donna Tobin, Ed.D., Principal, Martha Jones School, Westwood, AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
Participants will learn about a communication audit to determine the strengths and challenges of their current forms of communication. They will engage in discussions and learning about best practices for building partnerships with families and creating a more inclusive community for all stakeholders.

About the Speakers
Kristen Evans brings more than 30 years of classroom and leadership experience in elementary education to AthenaK12.  For the past 14 years, Kristen has been the Principal of the Sheehan Elementary School in Westwood, MA.  Prior to her tenure in Westwood, Ms. Evans spent 16 years in the Milton Public Schools as an Assistant Principal, math coach and grades 3-5 classroom teacher.Kristen earned her CAGS from Endicott College, an MED from Lesley University and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. 

Dr. Donna Tobin brings a wealth of classroom and administrative experience to her work at AthenaK12. An accomplished educational leader, she is committed to fostering a school culture in which students and staff thrive and student outcomes reflect the dedication and engagement of all members of the school and community. Donna believes that all students and staff should: feel important, cared for, and academically and socially successful; view school as a place where they belong and their individual talents are nourished and fostered; see themselves reflected in the materials, staff, and community; and know that their experiences and backgrounds are recognized and celebrated. She works toward these goals by seeking input and welcoming multiple perspectives as part of her decision making process, communicating with all stakeholders, and collaborating to facilitate partnerships and maximize opportunities for shared learning and acquisition of resources.

Currently the principal of Martha Jones Elementary School in Westwood, MA, her school has a strong record for academic achievement and exceeding growth targets, and in 2021 was ranked the top elementary school in Massachusetts by US News & World Report. Prior to Westwood, Donna served as principal at the H.H. Richardson school in Easton where she created professional learning communities to establish and promote consistent expectations and implementation of impactful instruction and assessment practices. While in Easton, she also analyzed and assessed the reading programs in the five elementary schools and led the review and implementation of a consistent reading program across the district. Donna also served as a principal in the Hull Public Schools where she facilitated the completion and opening of a new state-of-the-art elementary school, while also leading the review, adoption, and implementation of new science and ELA curricula.

Donna also taught elementary school in her hometown of Milton, MA, where she enjoyed the diversity of the student body. Before entering the preK-12 space, she worked as a Team Manager at Ceridian Performance Partners in Boston, as a Research Assistant at the Center for Research on Women for the University of New Hampshire, and as a Child Care Director for the Beechwood Community Life Center in Quincy, MA. Through all of these roles, she has honed her skills in instructional leadership, budget management, operations, personnel, and parent and family engagement.

Dr. Tobin earned her  Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership from Boston College, and both her MEd and BS from UMass Boston. Along with her elementary teaching and principal certification, she is also certified in MA as a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. Married with three sons, she loves to spend time with her extended family and friends at the beach, doing crafts, and reading.

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