Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Rosemary Matthews Announces Retirement

 Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Rosemary Matthews has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2018 following 13 years leading the District’s Pupil Personnel Services department.

Since taking over as Special Education Director in 2006 and then being named an Assistant Superintendent in 2009, Mrs. Matthews has spearheaded many important initiatives. During her tenure, the District saw a significant expansion of services offered in Pelham and realized its goal of having fewer special-needs students being educated out of district. In her position, she has also provided oversight of the guidance department and led the charge in bringing social-emotional learning and education of the whole child to the forefront under the District’s strategic plan.

In announcing her retirement, Mrs. Matthews said, “I have had a rich and rewarding career working on behalf of special needs students since the age of 21. My tenure in Pelham for the last 13 years has been a blessing, leaving me with fond memories to cherish. I’m proud of the accomplishments in our PPS department and feel confident that strong systems and structures are in place so that our work should carry on seamlessly under new leadership. I’m especially pleased to have increased the social-emotional supports needed to help our students, teenagers in particular, face the many stressors in their daily lives.

“While my position in Pelham was challenging, the support of my superintendents, the Board of Education, teachers and staff, and our Pelham families has made each day one I will cherish,” she added.

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ said, “Mrs. Matthews’ professionalism and work ethic are exemplary and she has skillfully balanced the needs of students and the District for many years. She is a true asset and leaves big shoes to fill. While I am sad to see her go, I wish her nothing but happiness in retirement and look forward to our work together through the remainder of the school year.”

The School District and Board of Education have begun a thorough and broad search for Mrs. Matthews’ successor and will engage the community as well as faculty and staff in the process.

Parents and community members are asked to complete a short survey  before March 14 to that will help in the interview process for the next assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services. Additionally, Dr. Champ will consult with key faculty and staff to develop a “leadership profile,” which will serve as a guide during the screening process.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel, Dr. Steven M. Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Business Jim Hricay, and Dr. Champ will screen resumes and then collaborate to review and select a slate of top candidates.

Those candidates will then meet separately with committees of teachers, parents and community members, and administrators before finalists are interviewed by the Board of Education.

It is anticipated that Mrs. Matthews successor will be announced this spring, allowing time for a smooth transition.