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FPS Announces a Senior Leadership Retirement and Begins the Search Process for a New Director of Health and Wellness

Framingham Public Schools

  Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager

Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099


Framingham Public Schools Announces a Senior Leadership Retirement and Begins the Search Process for a New Director of Health and Wellness

April 13, 2022 (Framingham, MA) - Framingham Public Schools would like to share a bittersweet retirement announcement and as a result, a leadership opportunity within the Central Office. With over 24 years experience in public education, Ms. Judy Styer, the Director of Health and Wellness has announced her retirement effective June 30th, 2022. While Ms. Styer will be missed greatly, the District wishes her well as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Ms. Judy Styer
Ms. Styer has devoted the last 22 years of her professional career to serving the needs of Framingham’s culturally and linguistically diverse students in the Framingham Public Schools, as a School Nurse for the first 7 year and for the last 15 years in the Central Office first as the Director of School Health Services and then as the Director of Health and Wellness.

Judy Styer’s work in the District spans over decades and a multitude of accomplishments. Ms. Styer has always placed the well being of children - their physical, mental, and social emotional well being - at the forefront of her work. With poise and expertise, she guided the District through unprecedented times during a global pandemic. In addition, she collaborated extensively with city and community partners and also ensured that the District received significant grant money to push forward work that strove to evaluate and improve students' access to physical and mental health resources. Ms. Styer oversaw school nurses, school social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists, and it was her even manner, kindness, and compassion that made her a great listener and consistent and steady thought partner.

Under Ms. Styer’s leadership, the Department of Health and Wellness has expanded Student Support Personnel and School Health Services; pioneered PreK - Grade 8 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula and programming; led and developed the District’s Code of Character, Conduct, and Support alongside the former Assistant Director of Health and Wellness, Stacey Cugini; founded the Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Team to support academic achievement and social emotional growth for all students, as well as provide consultation services surrounding behavior challenges; offered ongoing Professional Development to staff; and so much more.

“When I reflect on my time in Framingham as a member of the leadership team with Judy, I am amazed at the number of initiatives that we have been addressing together with our district and school teams,” said Dr. Robert Tremblay, Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools. “From learning from our students and families about habits, challenges, and needs through survey tools, to addressing vaping in our schools, to the rollout of a Code of Character, Conduct and Support as a more restorative approach to student behaviors, to addressing the social, emotional, and mental health trauma that is present in our school community and which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic, I wonder how we could have ever done this work without her. Ms. Styer is the consummate professional and her expertise, collaborative style, and strong research and communication skills will be missed. I wish her well on this next leg of her journey. She has indeed earned some time to rest!”

Please join us in thanking Ms. Styer for her many years of service and her immense contributions to the health and wellness of the FPS Community. She will be greatly missed as an invaluable member of our community. 

The Director of Health and Wellness
The Director of Health and Wellness provides leadership and direction for the district’s health and wellness programming by working to ensure each student’s success. 

The job has just been posted and is open for applications: Director of Health and Wellness - Job Description and Open Position. (Please help us spread the word by sharing this open position with your social networks.)

The Search Process
Framingham Public Schools is currently seeking support from community members to join the Interview Committee that will help identify the next Director to lead the Department of Health and Wellness. This is an important opportunity to engage in a collaborative process that will allow stakeholders to work together in reviewing applicants for this important role.

The Purpose: The Committee will interview selected candidates and make recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools. The Committee will serve in a consultative role as Massachusetts General Laws place the appointment of administrators solely in the hands of the Superintendent.

What Is Required? All Screening Committee members must undergo a full training, which includes an anti-bias training, and commit to a significant amount of time for interviews. All meetings will be virtual. Screening Committee members MUST attend ALL meetings.

When?

  • Orientation and Anti-Bias Training: Monday, May 2, 2022 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Interviews Day #1: Monday, May 16, 2022 from 4:30 pm  - 8:30 pm

  • Interviews Day #2: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 4:30 pm  - 8:30 pm 

In rare circumstances, dates will need to change to ensure a better pool of applicants; in such a case, an announcement will be made as soon as possible.

It is very important for us to have a diverse screening committee that celebrates and mirrors the diversity of our students. Please complete the Application for the Director of Health and Wellness Interview Committee BY April 19. 

For any questions, please contact Inna London, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

This Press Release has been shared with the FPS Community and is available on our website in English, Spanish, and Portuguese: https://bit.ly/FPS41322

About the Department of Health and Wellness
The Department of Health and Wellness provides a wide range of services to meet the academic, health, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of Framingham Public School students and families.  Each school within the district is staffed with highly skilled Student Support Services personnel, including school counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses who work together as an interdisciplinary team to promote academic success and the overall wellbeing of students. Additionally, within this department there are a number of highly trained specialists who focus on district wide support. These include the district PBIS Coordinator, the Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) team, Attendance Officer and the McKinney-Vento Care Coordinator. You can find more information about the Department of Health and Wellness on the FPS Website: Health and Wellness

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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