Governor-elect Maura Healey has named a longtime public faculty educator and former superintendent of the Lynn Public Colleges as her schooling secretary.
Dr. Patrick Tutwiler is amongst Healey’s earliest Cupboard appointments to go a serious division. As Secretary of the Govt Workplace of Schooling, Tutwiler will oversee coverage regarding early schooling, the Ok-12 faculty system and better schooling.
Tutwiler presently works as a senior program officer for schooling on the Barr Basis, the place he works to develop new highschool studying fashions. His profession in schooling spans greater than 20 years. He started as a highschool historical past trainer at Brighton Excessive Faculty. He is since served in a number of faculty management roles equivalent to assistant headmaster at English Excessive Faculty in Boston, principal at Wayland Excessive Faculty, and superintendent of Lynn Public Colleges.
Healey says she hopes Tutwiler’s wide-ranging expertise will assist make sure that Massachusetts has a top quality and equitable faculty system.
“From his time working as a highschool historical past trainer to main a big, numerous, city faculty district, he has earned his repute as a consensus builder who places range, fairness and inclusion on the middle of the whole lot he does, and delivers outcomes,” Healey stated in an announcement.
Tutwiler says he is honored to be chosen for the function and is worked up to begin constructing his crew.
“Our workplace goes to be all in regards to the individuals — the scholars, the households, the educators and the employees who we serve will drive all of our choice making,” he stated in an announcement.
The Andover resident earned a bachelor’s diploma from The Faculty of the Holy Cross. He additionally earned a grasp’s diploma in schooling on the Harvard Graduate Faculty of Schooling and a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the Lynch Faculty of Schooling at Boston Faculty.
Although Healey has not but launched detailed plans for her schooling priorities, her campaign website outlines broad objectives, together with closing the chance hole in early childhood schooling and state college system. Healey additionally helps investing in Ok-12 faculty counselors, recruiting and retaining extra lecturers of colour and assessing the function of standardized testing.
A number of schooling teams applauded Tutwiler’s appointment to the Cupboard publish.
Beth Kontos, president of the American Federation of Academics Massachusetts, says the governor-elect made the appropriate alternative.
“Dr. Tutwiler is an expert educator of the very best caliber who places college students and households first, whereas additionally respecting devoted educators within the classroom,” Kontos stated in an announcement, including that the trainer’s union appears to be like ahead to working with the incoming Healey administration.
Officers with the Massachusetts Affiliation of Faculty Superintendents referred to as the transfer “sensible.” Govt Director Tom Scott additionally highlighted Tutwiler’s background working with each excessive performing suburban districts and concrete districts serving massive numbers of high-needs college students, calling it a novel power.
Scott has additionally been impressed with Tutwiler’s means to succeed in compromise amongst individuals with divided factors of view.
“Pat is a unifier,” stated Scott. “He’s somebody who tries to include completely different views into his work.”
Scott added that instructional fairness has at all times been a precedence for Tutwiler. He says Tutwiler, who’s a Black man, has a deep understanding of the significance of inclusion and a way of belonging at school.
“This challenge of fairness has grow to be actually paramount,” stated Scott. “He would not simply give attention to that challenge however he understands that challenge.”
Tutwiler will exchange James Peyser — who since 2015 served as schooling secretary underneath outgoing governor Charlie Baker’s administration.