SHARON WOLDER NAMED PRINCIPAL OF BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL
The Brockton resident has 18 years of experience in teaching and administration and will bring knowledge, experience and continuity to helm of the region’s largest public high school
Interim Superintendent of Schools John R. Jerome is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon R. Wolder as Principal of Brockton High School. The long-serving Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction will bring experience and continuity to the 4,200-student school, which has been heralded for its no excuses approach to urban education.
“Sharon Wolder has been an integral part of Brockton High School’s proven model of academic success,” Jerome said. “She was part of the leadership team that redesigned the school into smaller learner communities, has been a leader of the school’s award-winning literacy and math initiatives, and she understands the complex issues that our students face. I am pleased that she has accepted the position, and confident that she will continue the good work that made Brockton High School a model of urban education.”
The largest high school in New England with more than 4,100 students, Brockton High School is known nationally as a leader in urban education. The International Center for Leadership in Education, which each year recognizes 30 schools nationally that have met or exceeded the demands of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, has named BHS a Model School for 10 straight years. US News & World Report has identified BHS as one of America’s Best High Schools four times (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and last year, 256 seniors scored in the top 25 percent of the district on the MCAS and were awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides free tuition to in-state colleges and universities.
A native of Iowa who lives in Brockton, Wolder joined the staff of Brockton High School as a history teacher in 1995. In 2002, she was named Social Science Department Head and from 2004 to 2010 she served as Housemaster of the Red House, before being named Associate Principal in 2010. As Principal, she will continue to oversee academic programs, manage operations, lead the transition to the Massachusetts Common Core standards and oversee the school’s upcoming reaccreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
“I am proud to go to work every day and I will continue to support the teaching and learning at Brockton High School in my new role as principal,” Wolder said. “Since I began my teaching career, Brockton High School has evolved into an award-winning school that has defied the odds. Our success is because of the hard work and determination of the faculty, leadership and because of the amazing students who consistently rise to and above the challenges before them.”
A member of the school’s Restructuring Committee, she has overseen school-wide curriculum development and worked with district-wide administrators to create a more cohesive academic transition from middle to high school. She has also handled staff development and reviews, served on the district-wide Road Map Team and led Brockton High School’s MCAS test administration program. In addition, she has proven experience in grant writing, budget development and schedule and calendar building.
“Sharon has clearly demonstrated her commitment to the students, staff and families of Brockton High School. Her experience and intimate knowledge of the school’s operational structure will provide a seamless transition and a smooth opening to school,” said incoming Superintendent of Schools Kathleen A. Smith, JD. “She will be another great educational leader and I look forward to working with her.”
A 14-member panel of parents, faculty and BHS and district-wide administrators selected 10 candidates from a pool of internal and external candidates. Four finalists were selected, and Jerome and Smith selected Wolder after an exhaustive screening and interview process.
Brockton High School is the state’s largest high school with 4,100 students, and it is also one of the most diverse schools – 75 percent of students are classified as low income, and more than a third speak a language other than English at home. What sets it apart is high expectations and a keen academic focus, a strong sense of school spirit and community pride, and a tradition of excellence in academics, arts and athletics.