The Ledyard Board of Education voted Wednesday night to appoint Mrs. Cathy Laro Patterson as the new superintendent of schools effective January 1, 2014. She will succeed Dr. Michael Graner, who ends his tenure in Ledyard on December 31, 2013 to assume the position in Groton.
Mrs. Patterson has a strong working knowledge of Ledyard Public Schools. In her 26 years as an educator she has been a teacher, special educator, curriculum coordinator, director of special services, assistant principal - elementary and high school, elementary principal, and served 12 years as Assistant Superintendent. Throughout her service in the district's schools she has created strong bonds with Ledyard students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community. As a current central office administrator she is uniquely positioned to assume this new role.
Other professional achievements include membership in the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents (CAPSS) where she served as Chair of the Assistant Superintendent’s Roundtable. Mrs. Patterson was chosen by the Connecticut Reading Association as a 2011 Literacy Award Winner in recognition of her leadership and efforts in support of the district's early literacy initiatives.
Mrs. Patterson has exemplified a commitment to the district's mission of fostering a "culture of excellence" in all aspects of her professional responsibilities. She has been a visionary leader in the areas of teacher hiring and retention, curriculum development, and support of teacher professional development. Her broad experience has been instrumental in the growth and mentoring of the district administrative leadership team. A solid working relationship with staff at the state department of education will continue to keep our school district aligned for success in meeting the challenges of education reform for years to come.
The Board's strategic process has been the hallmark of our work as district policy makers and Mrs. Patterson has been a valued partner in support of those efforts. This partnership has been developed through a shared vision of the work and mutual respect marked by open and honest communication. The Board is confident that as she takes on the new role, this relationship will continue to grow in effectiveness and ensure a continuity of focus on the important work at hand.
The Assistant Superintendent vacancy will be posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 and the search process will begin with the goal of filling the position in early 2014.