Superintendent Fills 2 Positions

New education and curriculum directors have been named in the East Providence School Department.

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.

Govstench April 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Looks like we are going down the same road that fast Eddy Daft was doing - asst. Supt. for curriculum and the other for administration or education. Are we going to fill the slot for the chief operating officer next? Where is this money coming from and are we taking it from the students? If you notice these moves were done as soon as the budget commission left town. It appears that the lessons of the past are quickly being discarded. Where is the students and taxpayers in all of this? Students lose and the taxpayers get their wallets picked again.
Antonio S3 April 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Gov, Mario Cirillo contracted a Chief Operating Officer who remains with the City today with a $100K plus benefit position. Solely, she occupies the palatial suite which once housed the Affirmative Action Officer and his staff. For clarity, the Affirmative Action Officer and his staff all occupied the space which is now occupied solely by the Chief Operating Officer. If you want to visit the Chief Operating officer, make sure you go between 10-2, because those seem to be her hours. School Department strikes again.


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