LEARN Welcomes New TFS Assistant Principal

LEARN Announces Jennifer Dowker as Assistant Principal at The Friendship School

LEARN, the regional educational service center for southeastern Connecticut, has hired Jennifer Dowker as Assistant Principal of The Friendship School.

The Friendship School is an early childhood magnet school, serving pre-kindergarten and kindergarten aged students from Connecticut. The school is an inquiry-based magnet school, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is located in Waterford, CT.

“Students are at the center of every decision I make as an educational leader and I work to keep this focus sacred. I believe we are responsible for both the academic and personal growth of our students and that through culturally relevant teaching and a strong focus on equity, we can inspire our students to achieve, become self-sufficient learners and self-managers of their behavior.”

Jennifer Dowker, Assistant Principal, The Friendship School 

LEARN sought to hire an assistant principal to work in partnership with the newly appointed principal of the school. Ms. Dowker will supervise and evaluate staff, maintain high expectations and standards for student learning and behavior, develop and implement school goals, and lead staff professional learning. She is the perfect partner in this important work.

Prior to coming to LEARN in an assistant principal role, Dowker served as an elementary school teacher in New London where she also directed the K-5 summer school program. In addition, she was Adjunct Professor of Education at Connecticut College. In 2017, Dowker was the New London Public Schools Teacher of the Year and the Magnet Schools of America Teacher of the Year, Region 1, Northeast United States.

Dowker has a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Cornell College, a Master of Science degree in Education from Walden University, and a 6th Year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University. 

Dowker begins in her new position later this month, August 2021.



LEARN is a regional educational service center (RESC), serving 25 towns and communities with a student population of nearly 53,000. Established in 1967 by local districts, LEARN is one of six RESCs in the state. The purpose of each RESC is to enhance the quality of education and provide solutions to identified needs through a wide range of programs and services. Through its leadership and resources and by working with schools, students, families, and other community agencies, LEARN promotes regional and statewide cooperation and provides a framework for districts to achieve their goals.

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