Parkway School principal accepts position at Smith College

Patricia Allen

Patricia Allen

Parkway School Principal Patricia Allen has accepted a position as principal of the Smith College Campus School, effective July 1, 2016. A K-6 school on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., the Campus School provides an “exemplary elementary education for students while modeling innovative, research-based practice in its capacity as a laboratory for the study of teaching and learning.” Allen has been with the Greenwich Public Schools at Parkway School since July 2011.

Superintendent of Schools Bill McKersie said, “I am pleased that Patty has earned an impressive appointment, one closer to her Massachusetts-based family. She has been a valuable member of our leadership team, thoughtfully guiding Parkway School for five years. We will miss her wisdom, warmth and energy.”

Allen said, “While it is with extremely mixed emotion that I move into this next phase of my career, I’m excited to join Smith College as the principal of the lab school on their campus. I’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the education department at Smith in developing our next generation of teachers, and look forward to continuing to deepen my own understanding of best practices in the ever-evolving field of education. It has been my absolute privilege to be a part of the Greenwich Public Schools as the principal of Parkway School for the past five years. Parkway teachers and staff are a remarkable group, and have been an absolute ‘dream team’ to work with. I have been honored to serve as coach to this talented group of educators, and know that the delightful children and families of backcountry Greenwich will remain in very capable hands.”

Deputy Superintendent Ellen Flanagan notes Allen’s numerous contributions to the school, “In her five years at Parkway School, Allen has been an exceptional leader whose work is hallmarked by collaboration with teachers, parents, and the greater Greenwich community in support of student learning. Her trailblazing work to bring environmental education to life at Parkway exemplifies her teamwork approach as the school partnered with the Greenwich Audubon Society, Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission, Junior League of Greenwich and many others to promote education in the environmental sciences, reduction of the carbon footprint of the school and promotion of healthy lifestyles for all members of the school community. Ms. Allen and her Parkway team received two recognitions for their efforts to develop the next generation of environmental leaders. In November of 2014, Parkway School was named a Connecticut GreenLEAF school and then in April of 2015, was recognized as a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Ms. Allen’s strong advocacy for her students, her instructional expertise and her deep knowledge of curriculum and assessment will be sorely missed both at Parkway School and in our district. We wish her only the best as she begins a new and exciting chapter in her career.”

The search for a new Parkway School Principal will begin promptly.

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Bio Brief: Patricia Allen

Patricia Allen was appointed principal of Parkway School effective July 1, 2011. Allen is a veteran educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom and as an administrator. She began teaching in 1979 as a Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist for the Kennedy Donovan Center in Massachusetts. In 1990, after spending several years in the private sector, she returned to teaching as a Special Education Teacher and Director of the Project Blossom Preschool, Wrentham Public Schools in Wrentham, MA. She co-founded the Wrentham Early Childhood Council to promote consistency in programming with local preschools, and to share professional development opportunities with members of the larger school community. In 1997, she became a classroom teacher for the Wrentham Elementary School, dual certified to teach students in inclusive classrooms in the primary grades. In 2004, Allen became principal of the Ralph Wheelock Elementary School in Medfield, MA, a high performing, second and third grade elementary school with 400 students. She served as Principal of Wheelock Elementary until coming to Greenwich in 2011. Allen received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA in 1979; she received a Master of Science degree in Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, Boston, MA in 1995, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Emmanuel College, Boston, MA in 2004.

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