Jane Tremblay retiring as schools’ leader

Nov 22, 2019 by

Posted on: Friday, November 22, 2019

By DAN TOMASELLO

LYNNFIELD — In a surprising turn, Superintendent Jane Tremblay announced on Nov. 19 that she will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Tremblay has led Lynnfield Public Schools for the past five-and-a-half years.

“This was not an easy decision for me and one that I have reflected upon deeply for the better part of the past year,” Tremblay stated in a letter sent to parents and guardians. “I am truly blessed and privileged to have spent the past 33 years as an educator in the Lynnfield Public Schools. My time spent as a classroom teacher, elementary principal and superintendent has brought me immeasurable personal and professional happiness and gratification. When I joined this community in the fall of 1986, I could not have imagined how extraordinarily fulfilling my experience would be. Time passes by quickly.”

Tremblay taught kindergarten and second grade at Huckleberry Hill School for 17 years. She briefly served as Huckleberry Hill’s interim principal from February 2004 through early June 2004. She was appointed Summer Street School’s principal in 2004, a position she held for 10 years. She was named Massachusetts Principal of the Year in 2012.

The School Committee unanimously voted to appoint Tremblay superintendent in November 2013 and Tremblay formally took over the school system in July 2014. She succeeded former Superintendent Thomas Jefferson, who had a turbulent three-year tenure leading the town’s schools.

Tremblay said the most rewarding part of her career has been developing positive relationships with students, parents, teachers and administrators.

“The relationships I have formed with many of you and your children over the years has brought me so much joy,” stated Tremblay. “I cherished being a part of your family’s journey and watching your children grow as they found their way through the Lynnfield Public Schools. This is a gift that I have never taken for granted. I loved sharing in the many celebrations and partnering with you to navigate the challenges along the way. I have established genuine lifelong friends with whom I have shared life’s greatest joys and deepest sorrows. I am eternally grateful for the experiences and enduring memories. The people have always been the most important part of the work. It is what I will miss most when the time comes.”

Tremblay said she is “proud of the many achievements” the school district has accomplished over the years.

“Your support throughout the years has helped make Lynnfield Public Schools one of the top districts in Massachusetts,” said Tremblay. “I am confident that your new superintendent will quickly appreciate and embrace how truly special the Lynnfield community is. There is much time left in the school year, which means there is still plenty to be accomplished. I look forward to the days, weeks and months ahead to continue our work on behalf of our students. It has been an honor to serve as your superintendent.”

In an interview with the Villager, Tremblay said she decided to retire in order to spend more time with her family, particularly her husband Greg and their three children.

“It’s time,” said Tremblay. “My family is growing in exciting ways. My son is engaged. I want to be there and be 100 percent present for them as they begin this new journey in their life. I am also feeling a pull to grow and stretch in different ways. I am excited to find out what that is going to look like. I am super proud of the work we have been able to do in Lynnfield with the amazing team that we have.”

School Committee Chairman Jamie Hayman thanked Tremblay for her commitment to the town’s schools during a Nov. 19 meeting.

“She has spent the last 33 years serving the community of Lynnfield, first as a teacher, then as an award-winning principal and for the last six years as superintendent,” said Hayman. “First and foremost, I want to thank Mrs. Tremblay for all of her contributions to this community. The Lynnfield Public Schools are simply in a better place than when she began as superintendent, and the number of families she has impacted is in the thousands. From the smallest preschool students to those applying to college this year and the young adults who are now productive members of our greater community, your impact has been far reaching and we thank you.”

Search begins

Hayman said, “The process of identifying the next superintendent for the Lynnfield Public Schools will begin immediately.” 

“It will no doubt be a challenge to identify someone with the classroom and administrative leadership experience to build on the foundation of accountability, curriculum and commitment to excellence that Superintendent Tremblay has created,” said Hayman. “Likewise, we will be looking for someone to help push forward the priorities the School Committee identified including solving our elementary school space challenges and expanding our STEM programs, all while understanding the complex social-emotional needs of 21st century learners.”

Hayman said, “The process of identifying the next superintendent will be done with full transparency.” 

“We will be soliciting input about the types of qualities the community believes is important for the next superintendent,” said Hayman. “I can appreciate that this community is going to have a number of questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, or anyone on this committee if you have any questions. We will be posting updates regularly and will make every effort to be at various school events as much as possible.”

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