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Scott  Nozik
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Awarded an “A” on the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) School Report Card after posting the fourteenth highest student performance gains in Connecticut. The cohort data from 610 elementary schools measured CMT results between the 2006 and 2007 school years. As a result of this accomplishment, the State Education Resource Center (SERC) asked our school to participate in a study on leadership practices that have increased student achievement.

 

  • Received the Exemplary Principal Program Award for Special Education in 2006 from the Connecticut Association of Schools. This award recognizes outstanding leadership by a Connecticut principal or assistant principal in the area of special education.

 

  • Named the Outstanding Elementary School of the Year in 2002 by the Connecticut Association of Schools. Selection was based on the school’s ability to provide an educational program conducive to meeting the needs of all its students both during and after school, illustrate that the educational programs are consistently being reviewed and improved, demonstrate an active role in the community and exhibit evidence of parent involvement.

 

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Saint Joseph College, School of Education, West Hartford, CT

Adjunct Instructor, 5/12-1/2013

  • Assist students in understanding the purpose and value of action research in literacy.
  • Enhance accurate and up-to-date knowledge of the subject matter through class activities.
  • Evaluate professional learning and presentation skills of students.
  • Encourage students to analyze/reflect on real-life classroom situations in order to identify problem areas and to design appropriate corrective actions.

 

Dr. Thomas S. O’Connell Elementary School, Grades K-6, East Hartford, CT

Principal, 7/05-7/12

  • Responsible for all aspects of the elementary school program, including budget, special education, scheduling, evaluating and hiring staff, planning professional development workshops, curriculum development, and communication with all stakeholder groups.
  • Developed multiple reading and mathematics intervention programs for at-risk students.
  • Facilitated the implementation of district initiatives such as PBIS, EIP, Data-Driven Decision Making/Data Teams, Classroom Walkthroughs and Responsive Classroom.
  • Member of the district’s Curriculum Committee.
  • Oversee one of three district programs for children with autism.
  • Created and revised our School Improvement Plan.

 

Polk Elementary School, Grades 3-5, Watertown, CT

Principal, 8/00-6/05

  • Responsible for all aspects of the elementary school program, including collaboration with district staff and contractors during a major building project.
  • Authored 12 articles that appeared in the Town Times Newspaper.
  • Chaired the Policy Section of the district’s Educational Technology Plan
  • Co-chaired Strategy 5 of the district’s Strategic Plan.
  • Served as the District Coordinator of Physical Education from 2000-2004.
  • In partnership with the Connecticut Dance Theatre, received a three-year grant from the Waterbury Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary physical education/dance curriculum.
  • Utilized business and community partnerships to establish after-school enrichment activities for at-risk students as well as students identified as talented and gifted.

 

Saint Edward School, PK-Grade 8, Stafford Springs, CT

Assistant Principal, 7/97-6/00

  • Facilitated and planned in-service programs for staff, led faculty meetings, conducted teacher evaluations, and interviewed potential teaching candidates.
  • Assisted in preparing the budget, writing grants, accreditation, evaluating textbooks, student discipline and scheduling classes.
  • Created a technology plan that networked 48 computers to a LAN.  Secured grant funding to provide for basic cable television in each classroom. 

 

Saint Edward School, PK-Grade 8, Stafford Springs, CT

Elementary Instructor, 7/95-6/00

  • Team teacher for 5th through 8th grade mathematics program and instructed literature-based reading and vocabulary development for 6th grade homeroom.
  • Implemented an advanced mathematics program for gifted 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Organized and coordinated community service projects to advance the school’s mission.

 

Saint Edward School, PK-Grade 8, Stafford Springs, CT

Athletic Director, 7/95-6/00

  • Added hiking, karate, cross-country, floor hockey, and instructional basketball to existing sports programs.
  • Planned and chaperoned yearly 3-day educational trip to Mt. Washington, NH.
  • Established school/business partnerships with the Hartford Whalers and Hartford WolfPack professional hockey teams.

 

Rockville High School, Vernon, CT 

General Science/Health Instructor, 8/95-6/97, (part-time evenings)

  • General Science and Health teacher in the Graduate Diploma Program.
  • Helped develop Goals 2000; a curriculum development program aimed at increasing standards and assisting the transition from school to work.

 

CERTIFICATION

Connecticut:      

  • Initial Educator: Superintendent of Schools (093)
  • Professional Educator: Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor (092)
  • Provisional Educator: Elementary, Grades K-6 (013)

 

EDUCATION

Central Connecticut State University, Rocky Hill Cohort, Connecticut

          Program: Superintendent of Schools - Adv OCP, 2015   

Nova Southeastern University, Springfield X Cohort, North Miami, Florida

          Program: Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, (52 credit hours)

University of Connecticut, UCAPP IX Cohort, Storrs, Connecticut

          Degree: Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Leadership, 2000

Cambridge College, Springfield, Massachusetts

          Degree: Master of Education:  Integrated Studies, 1997

Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts

          Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education, General Science, 1994

Asnuntuck Community-Technical College, Enfield, Connecticut

          Program: Non-Deg/Non Matr (45 credit hours)

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & ORGANIZATIONS

Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), Member, 1998-Present

  • Parent Volunteer Recognition Banquet Planning Committee, Member, 2006-2008
  • Elementary Professional Studies Committee, Secretary, 2002-2003, Member, 2002-2005
  • Elementary Arts Festival Planning Committee, Member, 2002-2003
  • Northeast and Islands Regional Lab at Brown University Focus Group, Participant, 2002

New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Visiting Committee, Member, 1998

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Member, 2000-Present

International Reading Association, Member, 2007-Present

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Member, 2000-Present

Connecticut Association of School Administrators, Member,2000-Present

Center for Performance Assessment and Connecticut State Department of Education:

  • Making Standards Work: Certified Trainer (2007)
  • Effective Teaching Strategies: Certified Trainer (2007)
  • Data-Driven Decision Making/Data Teams: Certified Trainer (2006)          

University of Connecticut Sixth-Year Degree in Educational Leadership, Mentor, 2006-2008

University of Hartford Sixth-Year Degree in Educational Leadership, Mentor, 2003-2005

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Member, 2000-2005

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

UConn Club, University of Connecticut, Board of Directors, 2009-Present

First New England Federal Credit Union, Supervisory Committee, 2011-Present

Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club, Member, 2012-2014

East Hartford School Business Partnership Committee, Board of Directors, 2010-2012

East Hartford Rotary Club, Member, 2009-2012

Stafford Board of Education, Member, 1999-2007

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Board of Directors, 2003-2005

Hartford Whalers Alumni Association, Volunteer with Inner City Children, 1992-1995   

Enfield Prison/Town Liaison Committee, Member, 1991-1995; Chairperson, 1992-1993