When Judy Jacobs announced her retirement and we were faced with the prospect of finding a new Director of Marie Philip School, we knew we would have big shoes to fill.
As we began the process of searching for her replacement, we were fortunate to have several highly qualified candidates. When we narrowed it to our two finalists, we found ourselves with two exceptional candidates and we knew each of them would make unique and important contributions to the future growth of our flagship program, Marie Philip School (MPS). After much consideration, I am pleased to announce we have decided to hire them both. We are excited about what this new model of leadership will mean for The Learning Center for the Deaf as a whole and particularly what it will mean for our Marie Philip School and the students, families, and staff.
When the position of Director of Education was first created almost 20 years ago, our school program was smaller, we had fewer support services, and state regulations were less complicated. But much has changed since then. In addition to greater and more complex external challenges, The Learning Center for the Deaf has grown. We are now a multi-service organization and the president and executive director is responsible for all four key service areas (Education, Therapeutic, Community, and Cultural & Research Services) under the umbrella of the organization. With this growth, greater responsibility now falls on the Marie Philip School leadership team. To meet these challenges, we have created two senior positions.
I am thrilled to announce that Jennifer Greenfield, as Director of Marie Philip School, and Toni Ammirati, as Director of Instruction, will be joining our senior leadership team.
Jennifer Greenfield will bring her vision and passion for educating the next generation of deaf students along with her experience in administration, mental health counseling, and advocacy to the position of Director of Marie Philip School. She will oversee the broad range of services within MPS and will have a strong external role, ensuring MPS has a visible presence at key events. She will oversee the counseling and evaluation department, transition and support services, athletics and after-school programs, the dorm programs, and admissions. Jennifer will also work closely with the TLCPA and will establish an MPS Advisory Council to support the long-term vision for our Pre-K-12+ school. Jennifer will join the Marketing Committee, will be part of the team developing the in-service workshops, and will represent MPS at national conferences.
With 25 years of exemplary educational leadership, Toni Ammirati is the ideal person to directly oversee all MPS education services. She will supervise the principals, early childhood director, MCAS Coordinator, educational technology coordinator, and reading specialists. She will work with Sarah Kipp on our induction program for new teachers, will work as part of a team developing our monthly in-service programs, and will represent MPS at national conferences. Toni will also serve as our DESE liaison.
Jennifer and Toni will work collaboratively to ensure Marie Philip School is the premier school for deaf and hard of hearing children nationwide.
For additional information on Jennifer and Toni, please click here to read their bios.