STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford schools will be getting a new director of early childhood development and intervention this fall.
The Board of Education was expected to approve the appointment of longtime district employee Jennifer DeRubeis as head of the program on Tuesday.
DeRubeis, who has been a curriculum associate with the program since 2014, will replace Mary Jennings, who is retiring.
The program serves special needs, developmentally advanced and bilingual students. It also covers students for whom English is a second language.
“I am confident that Jennifer has the experience and expertise to continue in the fine tradition established by Mary Jennings in partnering with community agencies to provide effective preschool and transition services for children in Stamford,” said interim Superintendent James A. Connelly.
DeRubeis, who has been with the district since 1998, has served in a number of positions, including Scientific Research-Based Interventions teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, literacy coach, Summer Start head teacher, elementary classroom teacher, grade-level leader and math liaison.
She has also been active on school committees and has represented the district on local councils.
According to the district, DeRubeis graduated magna cum laude from Sacred Heart University, where she studied psychology and sociology.
She has a master’s degree in elementary education and was certified in educational leadership by the University of Bridgeport.
She is also certified in intermediate administration and supervision and Connecticut Professional Teacher K-6 elementary education.