School starts at Charlotte Central School next Wednesday, and Jen Roth is stepping into her new role as co-principal there with confidence and enthusiasm. She was hired last week as previous co-principal Stephanie Sumner steps into the position of lead principal, recently vacated by Barbara Anne Komons Montroll, who moved into a communications job within the Champlain Valley School District.
Roth’s responsibilities at CCS will include leading fifth to eighth grade instructional programming and working closely with Lead Principal Stephanie Sumner and Special Education Administrator Cassandra Townshend on creating a cohesive program across the elementary and middle schools. She will also work with the CVSD on proficiency-based learning projects.
Roth is already well-known within the school district; she was previously a fourth grade teacher at Hinesburg Community School and recently completed her administrative Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at St. Michael’s College. She also completed a school leadership practicum with CVSD, has a master’s degree in curriculum leadership, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and has been working as an educator for over two decades.
The move from classroom teacher to administrator seemed a logical next step. Roth said she wanted to balance her desire to continuously learn and her “my mission to advocate for students success.” Working collaboratively with both students and colleagues was a goal for Roth. “I also have a deep appreciation for the talents and expertise of others,” she said.
In her classroom, Roth encouraged respectful communication and working together. “We created an understanding that learning can be messy,” she said, “and it is the grappling of new learning that helps us to grow.” These themes will carry over into her work with the upper grades at CCS, work that has already started in her few days on the job.
One of Roth’s initial responsibilities is to help the Omega team of seventh and 8th graders make the transition into the new advisory model structure. “The model will provide a way for middle level students to make a strong, meaningful connection with a person who gets to know them and serve as their advocate during their time in middle school. Their initiative combines strong Social/Emotional foundations, while maximizing personalized learning and engagement for students.”
Roth was hired within a day of the co-principal job’s initial posting, which was internal and sent to all CVSD employees. She said the school district has a goal to fill available positions before the school year begins, and that this particular job listing was posted until filled the following day.
There are many aspects of her new job that Roth is looking forward to, she said, including the “high caliber of educators, diverse students’ interests and talents, and families committed to the success of their children, and a supportive community.”
Working within the school district has a personal connection for Roth. “Two of my children were CSSU graduates and are continuing their learning in college, and two are still soaking up learning and inspiration from our amazing CVSD teachers,” she said. She lives in Hinesburg. “When not involved with the school and my own children’s activities I love to relax by the lake, play in the garden, and catch up on books for pleasure,” she said. “I strive to have a balance of work and family.”