Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ruth Levy has announced the appointment of Tyson Stoddard to the district's new position of supervisor of pupil services. He most recently served as a special education coordinator in the Plymouth Public Schools, a position he held from 2010 until now.
The position is a new one, proposed as part of the Supervision District's 2013-2014 budget and designed to assist the director of pupil services with the delivery of special education and related services.
During public hearings on the budget, Levy said, "While there has been a decline in student enrollment overall, there has been an increase in students needing special education services."
Levy explained, "Over the past few years we have been building special education programs in-district. This has allowed us to bring back more of our students" from out-of-district programs.
"These are very complicated programs that require more services than even 10 years ago. The programs require more than one person to direct them, build relationships with families, build and monitor our programs as needed, and deal with crises as they occur," Levy continued. "Our director needs an assistant."
The ability to build programs that maintain special education services within the district has an educational benefit and a budget benefit, Levy said.
Prior to his experience as a coordinator, Stoddard taught 4th grade and elementary special education for five years. He has been a volunteer with the Big Brother/Big Sisters program and a student mentor. Stoddard enjoys skiing, cycling, and golf when time allows, outside of his career interests.
Stoddard received his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy from Trinity College, his master of science in education in moderate disabilities from Simmons College, his juris doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and his certification in education leadership at Southern Connecticut State University.
In announcing the appointment, Levy said Stoddard has received numerous accolades and honors, including a merit scholarship to UConn's law school and, most recently, membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society.
The Supervision District and interview team were very impressed by Stoddard's knowledge of both general and special education, his ability to build strong working relationships, his compassion for students and families, and his ability to build forward and creative programs for all students. The entire team is confident that Stoddard will provide exemplary leadership in the districts.
"He is a great addition to our team," Levy said.
Stoddard began work in the district July 1. His salary is $109,791.
Stoddard grew up in Guilford and is looking forward to returning to the shoreline. He and his wife currently live in West Hartford with their three children.