Susan Iwanicki to Head Curriculum & Instruction

Susan Iwanicki to Head Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Susan Iwanicki

LEARN is delighted to announce that Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) Principal Dr. Susan Iwanicki is the agency’s new Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  

 Iwanicki, of Waterford, will lead LEARN in developing and managing curriculum within its network of seven interdistrict magnet schools. She will also serve as a consultant to the agency’s 24 member public school districts as a curriculum writer and developer across all subject areas.  

 “There is great potential to create curriculum that inspires and engages students, preparing them for a successful school experience,” Iwanicki said. “I’m very excited to collaborate with a team of people at LEARN who are dedicated to meeting the needs of all children and helping them achieve their best.”  

 Mariana Reyes, also of Waterford, has been promoted to RMMS interim principal for the 2019-20 school year. She has been assistant principal at the school since 2017, working with Iwanicki as RMMS successfully earned certification as the region’s only elementary school offering the International Baccalaureate program. 

 The LEARN Executive Board unanimously approved the two promotions on Tuesday, July 9. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is a brand-new position and Iwanicki will work in LEARN’s central office in Old Lyme. Both leaders begin their respective roles on July 15. 

 “Susan Iwanicki represents tremendous breadth of knowledge and great experience in writing curriculum and helping teachers reach their greatest potential,” said LEARN Executive Director Kate Ericson. “She will also be a valuable resource for our member districts as they look to meet the needs of their own students.”  

Iwanicki has been principal of RMMS since 2015. It is the oldest interdistrict magnet elementary school in the country and recently achieved IB status, a process requiring significant curriculum revision and development to align RMMS with the IB Primary Years Programme. The rigorous process engaged every educator at the school in collecting data, implementing changes, and helping students determine their own identities as learners. 

Iwanicki has been an educator for over 20 years. She began as a high school English teacher at Norwich Free Academy before working internationally as a curriculum coordinator in Chile. 

She designed standards-based curriculum for Bristol Public Schools, 
creating units across several disciplines. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UConn and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. 

 

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