The Suffield Board of Education has selected Mrs. Jana Volpe to be the new Elementary Special Education Supervisor of the Suffield Public Schools. Mrs. Volpe comes to Suffield from the Granby Public Schools where she has been a member of the Special Education Department at both the elementary and secondary levels over the course of her 25-year career.
There were 20 applicants for the position, of which six candidates were selected for interviews based on their previous work experiences. A search process that consisted of multiple rounds including Board of Education members, administrators, faculty, staff and parents interviewed the candidates over a period of several weeks. After three rounds of interviews, Mrs. Volpe was appointed as the Elementary Special Education Supervisor by the Suffield Board of Education at its April 26, 2021 Special Meeting.
Over the course of Mrs. Volpe’s career in Granby, she served as a Program Coordinator/ Special Education teacher at all grade levels with most of her experience being at the elementary level. She is currently serving as the Special Education Department Chair at Granby Memorial High School. The experience and knowledge she acquired while serving in these roles make her an ideal candidate for the position of Elementary Special Education Supervisor, which provides leadership to elementary special education programs and services. Jana has also been a member of both school and district leadership teams providing coaching to all staff, support professional development and the implementation of district improvement goals.
Mrs. Volpe received an Associate in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Bay Path College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Hartford. In addition, Mrs. Volpe completed her Sixth Year in Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University in 2018.
We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Volpe joining our leadership team in the Suffield Public Schools. She has gained invaluable experience over the course of her 25 years in public education, and we look forward to the contribution she will make as we look to advance our elementary special education programming in the years ahead. Her style of leadership can be described as collaborative and approachable. As one of her supervisors noted, “Her interactions with parents demonstrate her consistent warmth and collegiality, as well as her problem-solving abilities to best meet the learning needs of all students.”
She will officially begin her new role on July 1.