JPS Announces New Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Jamestown Public Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Michelle McDowell as the new Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. Mrs. McDowell will begin her new position on June 7th.

“Mrs. McDowell has been an asset in the Jamestown Public Schools for five years and I am proud to recommend her as our new Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment,” said JPS Superintendent Sylvia Root. “She works well with our instructional staff and has an impressive list of accomplishments that have enhanced our instructional programs for our students and staff.”

Mrs. McDowell has held the position of Coordinator of Professional Learning at Jamestown Public Schools since 2012. In this position, Mrs. McDowell has serve as a Central Office Administrator in charge of professional development for the district’s approximately 450 teachers and administrators in five elementary schools, three middle schools, and Jamestown High School.  In this position, Mrs. McDowell has also:

♣    Designed and facilitated a series of learning workshops focused on the district’s Annual Professional Performance Review process
♣    Coordinated the recruitment, selection, development, and evaluation of teacher leaders, including mentor teachers, building-level and district-level instructional coaches
♣    Led district in-service workshops to support teachers’ work with establishing Priority Learning Standards and introduction to NYS Curriculum Modules applicable to Common Core Learning Standards
♣    Been a member of the district’s Network Team responsible for turn-key training of NYSED Network Team Institutes concerning Curriculum Modules applicable to Common Core Learning Standards
♣    Observed and evaluated staff in grades K-12

Prior to coming to Jamestown Schools, Mrs. McDowell worked as an Elementary Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and English teacher in the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District from 2005 to 2012.

Mrs. McDowell received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. She also holds an Advanced Graduate Study Certificate for School Building Leader from Niagara University.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for our district,” said Mrs. McDowell. “Moving forward, I am excited to continue working with the Instructional Services team to support and grow our teachers and eager to begin the work of leading, coordinating, and enhancing the district’s curriculum and instructional programs in this new role. I am looking forward to this new opportunity within our JPS family!”

posted on 06/07/2017 - filed under: Spotlight, Staff