Two vacant posts in the East Providence School Department have been filled by new Superintendent Kim Mercer with the approval of the School Committee.
Julie A. Motta has been named the new director of education – a post that is similar to the previous position of assistant superintendent.
Dawn August is the new curriculum director for the schools – a post that became vacant a couple of months ago because of a resignation.
Motta follows Mercer to East Providence from Pawtucket, where she was the director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She holds master’s degrees in ESL and educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education. She also has led professional development programs and college-level ESL certification classes.
August comes to East Providence with a background that includes building curriculum frameworks aligned with the new Common Core requirements. She was an RTI (Response to Intervention) facilitator at the Highlander Charter School in Providence, and a member of the Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy. She also has been a reading specialist, a district literacy coordinator and a Rhode Island Department of Education Fellow.