Jeffrey is running for a seat on the Woodbridge Board of Education. Experience across the spectrum of education distinguishes Jeffrey as a candidate. He and his wife have three children who currently attend Beecher Road School. As a member of the WBOE, Dr. Townsend will use his experience in education as a primary, middle, and high school teacher, and professor to ensure that we are doing everything we can to meet every student where they are — and bring them to the highest heights they can reach.
Prior to earning his doctoral degree in Biology from Harvard University in 2004, Jeffrey was a residential counselor and instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. He then taught a range of subjects and grades at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School from 1994–1997. He was a research fellow at the University of California-Berkeley for a few years before being appointed to the faculty at the University of Connecticut, then Yale. He is currently a professor in Biostatistics, and will devote rigorous attention and scholarly knowledge to the evaluation of programs operating at Beecher, ensuring that teachers and administrators are efficiently fulfilling all students’ educational potentials.
Jeffrey was recently elected to the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering, which identifies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions. The Academy is comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers from Connecticut’s academic, industrial, and institutional communities. Jeffrey often visits Beecher Road School classrooms to perform dynamic readings of children’s books, and is an avid theatregoer, having been an actor and director in numerous amateur productions, and has also become known by many town residents by his frequent participation in local road races including the Woodbridge 5K.