The Worcester State College Education Department and the Central Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will host Dr. Melinda J. Boone, newly appointed Superintendent for the Worcester Public Schools, at a reception in her honor, Wednesday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Student Center Blue Lounge. Following the reception, Dr. Boone will speak about a book that has become required reading for educators in the Worcester Public Schools: From Good to Great Schools: What Their Principals Do Well by Susan Penny Gray.
Dr. Boone was appointed Superintendent for the Worcester Public Schools in July. She oversees more than 23,000 students in 44 schools. Dr. Boone most recently served as Chief Academic Officer for the Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk, Virginia.
Hailing from a family of educators, Dr. Boone pursued clinical speech pathology and audiology as a career focus rather than education. However, after five years as a speech and language pathologist for the Suffolk Public Schools in Suffolk. Virginia, she was appointed as Director of Special Education/Pupil Services for Franklin City Public Schools in Franklin, Virginia.
After successfully serving in that position for nearly seven years, Dr. Boone returned to Suffolk Public Schools as Coordinator of Pupil Personnel and Testing, a position she held for two years until being appointed Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services with the Isle of Wight County Public Schools in Virginia.
Dr. Boone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders with a pre-med emphasis from Hampton Institute (now University), a Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Old Dominion University and a Doctor of Education from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Boone is a 2004 fellow of The Broad Urban Superintendents Academy.
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