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Rocky Hill Board of Education Appoints New Math Curriculum Supervisor

The Clinton resident will develop curriculum for the entire school system.

 

The Rocky Hill Board of Education unanimously appointed Paige Weaver as the new math coordinator for the town's schools at special meeting Tuesday night.

Weaver, who will be paid a salary of $82,757, will be in charge of developing curriculum for the entire school system. Her first day will be Aug. 29, which is the first day of school.

The math coordinator position was approved when the was adopted on June 6, which included a . 

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The Rocky Hill position is the first time that Weaver will be a math coordinator, however she said that she has been studying curriculum for the past four years. 

"It has become my passion over those four years," Weaver said in an interview with Patch after the meeting. She added that she has been volunteering in the East Haddam School District to learn more about different types of curriculum. 

"By doing all that, it hit home that I wanted to be a math coordinator," she said. 

Weaver will be developing math curriculum for the whole school system, however she said that she plans to focus at the elementary and middle schools in the beginning.

"And then go up from there," Weaver said.

The Clinton resident has been teaching mathematics since 2002 and has taught for the Madison Public School System, at Tiverton High School in Rhode Island and . She has a Masters of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, a sixth year degree from Southern Connecticut State University and Bachelors of Arts and Science from Salve Regina.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Zito said that Weaver "has a great reputation."

"I think that she will be a good addition to the Rocky Hill School system," he said following the meeting Tuesday night.

Weaver said her best friend lives in town and her friend's husband is a graduate of the school system, which made the decision to apply for the position in Rocky Hill easy.

"When applying for math coordinator positions, I saw Rocky Hill and said that is a good town, let me apply there," she said. 

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Michelle August 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
What we need is to get back to the basics and teach these kids they way we were taught. It was effective and lasted throughout our lives. The system they have right now is too advanced and doesn't touch on...times tables, etc. But it will teach a first grader how to figure out the perimeter of there yard! Go figure. I hope that this new Math Coordinator realizes this. Good Luck and Congratulations Paige Weaver!
Mary August 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
my child knows her times tables and learned them better than my older one did with the old program. this program has taught my younger child how to problem solve and think about her work and if it makes sense as well as the basics. My older child just does math and has no idea why she is doing it. If she gets a problem wrong she has no idea why. Her teacher says: "check your work" but she has no idea how to do that. I think the old way was good for kids who can just follow directions or for those who are naturally good at math. They would not have hired Paige if she didn't fit this philosophy that the district has.
Ilona August 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The new math program is fantastic at the concept level. Unfortunately, it seems to remain stuck at that level !!

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