Hartford, Conn., November 16, 2020 – Guilford Public Schools Superintendent Paul Freeman, Ed.D., a Connecticut educator, innovator and champion of equity in learning for more than 25 years, has been named Connecticut’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS).
Dr. Freeman has served as Superintendent of Schools in Guilford since 2011. In Guilford, Dr. Freeman’s equity and social justice work includes his efforts to discontinue the school’s use of its Native American mascot and working to help teachers to be more culturally responsive in their instruction.
He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut in the Neag School of Education. Among his numerous professional activities in support of public education in Connecticut and nationwide, he serves as co-chair of Connecticut’s COVID-19 Learn from Home Task Force and is a member of the National Advisory Board at University of Michigan’s National Center for School Safety.
Recent educational presentations by Dr. Freeman include his participation as a virtual forum panelist at “How is Equity Online Different from Equity on the Ground” with the Institute for Learning, and a “Train the Trainer: School and Program Management” workshop with aspiring principals and superintendents, held in conjunction with University of Connecticut in Amman, Jordan.
Before coming to Guilford, Dr. Freeman served as superintendent of the Griswold Public Schools, and prior to that he worked as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the East Lyme School system. He began his career in education as a teacher of English language arts at the middle and high school levels in the Amity School district.
“Dr. Freeman is an innovative instructional leader deeply committed to the success of all children. He is generous in his willingness to share Guilford's best practices in the areas of student-centered learning, college and career readiness and equity with colleagues from across Connecticut and beyond. He prioritizes strong connections with his students, faculty, staff, families, board of education, community and colleagues,” said Kathleen Greider, past president of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and superintendent of Farmington Public Schools.
The criteria used to select a superintendent of the year includes:
- Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.
- Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
- Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
- Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.
“It is an honor to be named Superintendent of the Year, especially in this most unusual of years”, said Freeman. “To represent my friends and colleagues who do this important work across Connecticut, in the face of this pandemic, in a moment when concerns and conversations about equity and social justice concerns have taken on such importance for our country, and for our children, is truly humbling. I cannot think of any more important place than school right now, and to be recognized for the part that I play in making schools safe and healthy places for kids to learn and grow and thrive... this really means a lot.”
About the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) is an organization that represents all superintendents and leaders of public schools in Connecticut. Their mission is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy and developing and supporting executive school leaders. In short, it is committed to making sure schools in Connecticut are all they can be for our children.