At its virtual meeting on June 16, the Westfield Board of Education approved the appointment of Elizabeth Reilly as acting English Language Arts Supervisor for grades K-5 and Warren Hynes as acting English Language Arts Supervisor for grades 6-12. The two educators will share the position on an acting basis, as current K-12 ELA Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Jacobson becomes interim principal at the Lincoln Early Childhood Center for the 2020-2021 school year.
“Following the appointment of Dr. Jacobson as Lincoln’s interim principal, we began to determine the best way to fill the position of K-12 English Language Arts supervisor for the coming year,” said Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan. “The responsibilities in this field are substantial and involve ten schools. Ultimately, I decided the most successful direction was to divide the position into two for the 2020-2021 school year.”
The new appointment for Reilly, a fourth grade teacher at Washington School, is effective August 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Hynes will continue with his primary responsibilities as assistant principal at Westfield High School, while assuming the acting ELA position for grades 6-12 from August 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
“Dr. Jacobson and our English Language Arts teachers continue to do so much great work with our students, and I look forward to supporting them in any way I can throughout the year ahead,” said Hynes.
Hynes joined the WHS administrative team in July 2018, serving as testing coordinator, co-coordinator of the WHS Media Literacy Professional Learning Community, co-coordinator of the “No Place for Hate” program, among other responsibilities. Previously, he served as adviser to both the student-run weekly school newspaper, Hi’s Eye, and the WHS Community Service Club. He has crafted new Journalism and ELA curricula for several high school courses and mentored new ELA teachers,
“There may not be anyone in the district more respected as an English teacher and writing instructor than Warren Hynes. Until he assumed the position of WHS assistant principal, Mr. Hynes was an esteemed journalism and English teacher for 14 years,” said Dolan, adding that Hynes is looking forward to these additional responsibilities for the 2020-2021 year.
Reilly has taught both third and fourth grade at Washington School since joining the district fifteen years ago, serving on curriculum writing committees and as a literacy coach to help teachers accurately assess student reading levels and with other ELA teaching practices.
“I am humbled and honored at the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Westfield in a supervisory role,” said Reilly. “Westfield is not only where I work, it is where I have chosen to raise my family. I am eagerly looking forward to my new position in the district."
“Mrs. Reilly has been a leader among the teachers at Washington since she began her career with us in 2005. She has served on numerous district committees, including the language arts curriculum committee where she was instrumental in researching and creating the elementary courses of study in reading and writing,” Dolan adds. “Additionally, she is a strong and experienced literacy coach and works well facilitating and leading her peers. She is excited to give back to the district in a new way for the 2020-2021 school year.”