ADMINISTRATION

DR. DECLAN O'CONNOR

PRINCIPAL

As a twenty-five year educator in the Springfield Public Schools and an Ivy League doctoral graduate, I recognized both the daily challenges students face as well as the opportunities that await them. Like many Springfield students, I came from humble beginnings and it was dedicated teachers who boosted my confidence and shaped my identity as a lifelong learner. Because of this I am committed to providing students with inspired teaching, by a culturally diverse teaching staff, that will foster our students' continued confidence and growth as learners. In this way I can provide all students with the necessary balance of support and high expectations that will position students for long term academic success.

DR. COLLEEN O'CONNOR

PRINCIPAL

As a twenty-three year educator in the Springfield Public Schools and an Ivy League graduate, I recognized both the daily challenges students face as well as the opportunities that await them. Like many Springfield students, I came from humble beginnings and it was dedicated teachers who boosted my confidence and shaped my identity as a lifelong learner. Because of this I am committed to providing students with inspired teaching that will foster their continued confidence and growth as learners. In this way I can provide all students with the necessary balance of support and high expectations that will position students for long term academic success.

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

ANDREA COOLEY-STROM

 

I believe that each student we teach, each child’s life that we reach is unique and will be valued. All students have the ability and opportunity to learn. I believe that learning becomes more valuable when the person can relate to what it is they are learning, can be part of their own learning and have the support from everyone around them in their lives (family, teachers, administrators). If students believe they can, they will continue to persevere through anything. I believe we are in this together no one person is better than the other and together we can change the world!

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

ANDREA COOLEY-STROM

 

I believe that each student we teach, each child’s life that we reach is unique and will be valued. All students have the ability and opportunity to learn. I believe that learning becomes more valuable when the person can relate to what it is they are learning, can be part of their own learning and have the support from everyone around them in their lives (family, teachers, administrators). If students believe they can, they will continue to persevere through anything. I believe we are in this together no one person is better than the other and together we can change the world!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

FRED HURST

 

I am a Springfield native and a proud graduate of Springfield Central High School. After acquiring a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I spent eight years working for an international CPA firm. While I enjoyed expanding my horizons beyond Springfield to the rest of the world, my upbringing virtually guaranteed that one day I would eventually come home to contribute to my community. Once I saw the impact that I could have as an educator of students who reminded me so much of myself and my friends at their age, I knew my purpose. I believe that to prepare students for an ever-changing world it is critical that we help them develop the skills to reason, persevere in problem solving, make arguments and critique the arguments of others. Once equipped with these abilities they will be able to shape their own futures.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Gabrielle Jackson

 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Gabrielle is thrilled to now be a part of the Chestnut TAG family and looks forward to learning and growing alongside the students and families that we serve in Greater Springfield! As an Educator, she encouraged students to aspire to great things such as public service in their community and to “pay back” to those communities with their energy, enthusiasm and special gifts.  During her 6 year career of serving at-risk students and encouraging them to reach their dreams, Gabrielle assisted in helping them gain confidence in themselves and in their ability to make “good trouble” and achieve great things; encouraging them to think beyond themselves; to see themselves as valued contributors to their academic and personal goals.

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