Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the Board of Education (BOE) today appointed Dr. Toni Jones as the Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS), effective July 1, 2019.
The Board voted by majority to appoint Dr. Jones, who is currently serving as Superintendent of the Fairfield Public Schools in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Jones is an experienced district leader with eight years as a Superintendent.
BOE Superintendent Search Committee Chair Kathleen Stowe said, "I was excited to lead the search, which resulted in a robust candidate pool from across the country, including many from Connecticut. The quantity and quality of the candidates demonstrated the strong brand of the Greenwich Public Schools and, ultimately, made for a very difficult decision. Dr. Jones stood out for her positive attitude, forward thinking approach, proven success in comparable districts, and the value she places on community involvement."
Board of Education Chair Peter Bernstein said, "Based on her many successes as a district leader, principal and classroom teacher, Dr. Jones has the ability to propel the Greenwich Public Schools strategic plan goals of student growth in academic, personal and interpersonal skills forward. She has successfully initiated personalized, digital and virtual learning strategies in the districts she has led. She is well acclimated to Connecticut, and understands the value of open dialogue and involvement with and from the community. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Jones to Greenwich in July."
Dr. Jones shared, "As your incoming superintendent, I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead Greenwich Public Schools well into the next decade of excellence. I am looking forward to making Greenwich my new home, and I can't wait to start meeting the staff and getting engaged in this fabulous community. While I have a few more months until my official arrival, I can ensure the Town of Greenwich that I will arrive ready to work hard and continue to move Greenwich Public Schools forward as one of the premier school systems in the nation."
Philip Dwyer, former Chair and current Fairfield Board of Education member noted, "I will miss Dr. Jones, but wish her well as she gives leadership to the Greenwich Public Schools. She achieved the Board goals set for her, managed the District well and was especially good at communicating with parents and the school staff. Fairfield has an excellent school system. However, Dr. Jones challenged us to constantly find new ways to improve our programs."
Bernstein and Stowe add, "The Board of Education would like to thank Interim Superintendent of Schools Ralph Mayo for his unyielding commitment to the Greenwich Public Schools and his steady leadership this year. Ralph will continue as Interim Superintendent for the balance of the school year, and we look forward to him continuing as a senior leader in the school system thereafter."
Dr. Jones has been a superintendent in high performing and comparable districts. She is an energetic leader who listens well and creates positive momentum. Dr. Jones brings best practices from other districts, but also understands Greenwich is a strong and established community. She has had leadership experience in Australia, Oklahoma, and Northern Virginia, in both private and public schools, before settling in Connecticut. In Falls Church, Virginia she pushed the focus to personalized learning over a 5 ½ year journey, and instituted hybrid learning which allowed for 24/7 access to curriculum and courses 365 days a year. In Fairfield, she led advancements in technology and moved the district forward by implementing programming focused on social and emotional support for all students. Additionally, Dr. Jones has successfully managed many construction projects, both planned and unanticipated.
Dr. Jones is married with two adult children. Her husband, John Jones, is a science teacher at Greenwich High School. As Dr. Jones notes, she is, "excited to have this fabulous opportunity for our family to work and live in the same area of Connecticut and in such a beautiful and vibrant place."
About Greenwich Public Schools:
The Greenwich Public Schools include eleven neighborhood elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8), one high school, and one alternative high school program for approximately 9,000 students. Students are assigned to elementary and middle schools based on residential attendance areas. Four of the elementary schools and one middle school serve as partial magnet schools, offering programmatic choice for families.The GPS curriculum, programs and services provide for academic excellence and student well-being. The Mission of the Greenwich Public Schools is to educate all students to the highest levels of academic achievement; enable them to reach and expand their potential; and prepare them to become productive, responsible, ethical, creative and compassionate members of society.
Bio Brief: Dr. Toni Jones
Currently serving as Superintendent for the Fairfield Public Schools (FPS) in Fairfield, CT, Dr. Toni Jones is an experienced school leader with success in implementing progressive and systemic change in instructional practice yielding improved student performance.
As Superintendent of the FPS since 2016, Dr. Jones is leading the district through a 1:1 technology integration plan. She has successfully implemented improved special education and social-emotional health supports in preschool through grade 12 and is also implementing a Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) focus in grades 3-5 across the district.
In 2011, Dr. Jones was appointed to her first role as Superintendent for the Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) in Falls Church, VA. During her five-year tenure with FCCPS, Dr. Jones led one of the fastest growing districts in Virginia through a digital conversion at the high school, refined and improved the intervention process K-12 targeting success for all, introduced Hybrid Learning, providing students with course access, choice and voice 24/7/365, and held community visioning sessions to gain broad input on district priorities.
Dr. Jones began her career in education in 1990 as a teacher with the Washoe County Schools in Reno, NV. After one year, she moved across the globe to Sydney, Australia to work as teacher and principal for the Sydney Church of England Co-Educational Grammar School from 1991-1996. Returning to the United States in 1996 as a teacher with the Moore Public Schools in Moore, OK, she was one of the top six finalists for Teacher of the Year in the 30,000-student district. In 1998, she became principal of Deer Creek Prairie Vale Elementary School, one of the Deer Creek Public Schools. In this role for six years, Dr. Jones was named Oklahoma's National Distinguished Principal. She also served as Deer Creek Middle School Principal, Deer Creek Public Schools' Summer School Director, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, and Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Jones received a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education from the University of Nevada, Reno, NV; a master of education as a K-12 reading specialist from Charles Sturt University, Australia; and a doctor of education in school administration and leadership from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK.