Hartford Superintendent of Schools steps down

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez (Photo: montgomeryschoolsmd.org)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford’s Superintendent of Schools announced Thursday that she leaving the city to move on to a new position.

Doctor Beth Schiavino-Narvaez is departing Hartford to become Chief of Instructional Leadership Development with the United State Department of Defense schools. In her new role, Dr. Narvaez will work with three school districts in the Pacific, including Korea, Japan, and Guam; overseeing 23,000 students in 48 schools.

In a news release, Dr. Narvaez reflected on how much she enjoyed her time in Hartford.

It is with mixed feelings that I share this news. I have loved serving as Hartford’s Superintendent and working with our wonderful students, families, educators, staff, partners and our Board. We have made much progress together in Hartford and this district is well-poised to build on the momentum we created – putting students at the center of their learning and ensuring all of our leaders are focused on the core business of teaching and learning.”

Narvaez became Superintendent of Schools in 2014, after spending 22 years in education as a Fullbright Scholar teaching in South Korea. She began her post in Hartford with a listening tour that resulted in a five-year strategic plan called “Cultivating Equity and Excellence.”

On Thursday, Dr. Narvaez spoke about the progress that has already been made on that plan.

I am proud to say that we have advanced every equity indicator in our strategic plan – from reducing chronic absenteeism and suspensions to increasing 3rd grade reading and 9th grade algebra proficiency, along with increases in college and career readiness opportunities and college acceptances,” said Dr. Narvaez. “While the work is not done, a strong foundation is in place. There is a community-wide commitment to equity, and, through Equity 2020, a realistic plan for sustainability will be achieved. My family and I will miss Hartford and we are thankful for the opportunity to live, work and serve this community.”

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