Two experienced educators will step into open administrator positions at Colchester High School and Malletts Bay School for the 2018-2019 school year.
Chad DeMagistris was chosen by a panel of CSD faculty, staff, parents, and students to fill the role of Colchester High School Assistant Principal. Chad has been an educator for 11 years, all at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. He began his career as a School Counselor before joining the administrative leadership team as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator in 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Siena College, Master’s degree from Trinity University, Washington, DC, and a Post-Master’s certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.
During his tenure as IB Coordinator, Chad actively sought ways to build a culture of inclusivity to ensure all students and staff enjoyed equitable opportunities for personal and professional fulfillment. Under his leadership, the IB program made significant gains in student achievement and increases in student participation. The number of students participating in the program increased by over fifty percent and the number of exams taken increased by forty five percent. He made continued efforts to increase minority participation in advanced classes by expanding course offerings, implementing integrated IB and AP subjects, and through individual student meetings and parent engagement.
Chad resides with his wife and two children in Shelburne. He enjoys gardening, cooking, live music and all things Washington, DC sports.
The district is equally excited to announce that Melissa “Brooke” King has been selected to round out the administrative team at Malletts Bay School. Brooke comes to the district following nearly 14 years with neighboring Burlington School District. Brooke started her education at the University of South Florida, initially focusing her studies on Marine Biology before deciding to pursue a degree in elementary education. Most recently, she completed her Masters in Education for School Leadership at Saint Michael’s College. Over Brooke’s 14 years with Burlington School District she has served as a primary grade teacher, an English language teacher, and notably directed a program from newly arrived Americans.
Throughout her career, she has focused on developing and leading professional development to help close the achievement gap, provide diverse and equitable classroom opportunities, and encourage growth mindset among both educators and children. She continues to pursue interests in project based and placed based learning, equity, and restorative practices.
Brooke lives in Burlington with her husband, Rob, their three children, and many pets. On time away from school she enjoys hiking, road trip adventures with her family, taekwondo, and enjoying live music.
Both Chad and Brooke expressed excitement for their new roles and look forward to working with the Colchester community.