At its meeting on February 24, 2020, the Woodbridge Board of Education unanimously appointed Analisa (Lisa) M. Sherman as the principal of the Beecher Road School, effective immediately. Ms. Sherman has been serving as acting principal since the summer. She emerged as the top candidate from a very strong field of candidates.
Woodbridge Board of Education Chair Dr. Steven Fleischman said, “We are delighted to officially name Analisa to the role of principal. Since she stepped into the role in the fall, she has demonstrated superb leadership, support for staff, and love of our children and their families. I am confident Beecher Road School and our children will thrive under her leadership.”
Superintendent of Schools, Robert Gilbert, added, “As a graduate of the school, Analisa Sherman is passionate about all aspects of Beecher Road School including the unique and engaging learning community, the talented teachers and staff, supportive parents, but most importantly, the students. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring and intelligent school leader who deeply cares for the growth of every student and for the wellbeing of everyone in the organization.”
Ms. Sherman was first hired as Assistant Principal of Beecher Road School in July 2015. Prior to that, she taught in Fairfield for 15 years and served as a math and science instructional coach and interventionist. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Analisa received a Master’s of Education from Boston College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Sacred Heart.
Ms. Sherman aspires to foster a student-centered learning environment while creating a positive school culture and adhering to rigorous academic standards for all students. She believes in leading with joy and spreading kindness and gratitude.
Sherman said, “While I was a student at Beecher, I met the teacher who would set the course of my life, so being appointed as the principal is a tremendous honor. I feel so fortunate to have the support of an amazingly dedicated staff, an incredibly supportive parent community, my leadership team, and the Board of Education. We are going to continue to do excellent work together for the students of our community!”
The Woodbridge Board of Education thanked its 13-member Search Committee that included representation from all the stakeholders of the school. The Committee narrowed down a highly talented group of applicants and interviewed six semi-finalists. Ms. Sherman was the top choice of the committee.