A Look at Hingham Public Schools with James LaBillois

Dr. James M. LaBillois is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Hingham, Massachusetts. Dr. LaBillios remains active within educational communities outside of K-12 education serving on numerous professional committees, has served as a consultant for the US Agency for International Development in Skopje, Macedonia, and has provided a number of contracted professional development sessions for school districts across Southeastern Massachusetts.

Hingham, meet Dr. James LaBillois.

How did you begin work with Hingham Public Schools?

I began working with Hingham Public Schools in August of 2016. Prior to that I worked as the Director of Student Services and the Executive Director for Instruction for Norwell Public Schools and began my career as a School Psychologist with Boston Public Schools.

What has been your favorite memory while working for Hingham Public Schools?

My first opening convocation with Hingham has been my favorite memory so far. It was a fantastic opening day and it was my first with the district.

What have you noticed about the culture of the students?

I have noticed that students take their learning very seriously and care deeply about their teachers and administrators. I also notice that the community at large also deeply values education; it’s actually one of the reasons I really enjoy working here!

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

There are many parts of my role that I find really rewarding. The first is I’m responsible for the development and implementation of our professional development program for our teachers. I find it really rewarding to be able to provide them with the development and support they feel they need and to facilitate their ongoing professional growth and development. I also find my work in the development of our social and emotional learning program equally as rewarding, particularly because it directly impacts our students.

What do you love about Hingham?

I really love the sense of pride that exists in the community and I’m equally as proud to be a member of this talented and dedicated leadership team.

What is your favorite spot in Hingham?

When it comes to views, Worlds End can’t be beat! When it comes to food, I can often be found at Atlantic Bagel grabbing a wrap for lunch or dinner at Burtons before a School Committee meeting. When it comes to cupcakes...Sadie Mae’s is where it’s at!

What is one thing on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to visit China and see the Great Wall.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I actually really enjoy teaching! A part from my work here in Hingham, I am also an adjunct professor at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and my students often provide really positive feedback about our time together.

What is one thing people might not know about you?

I really enjoy live performances (music concerts, theater, lectures, etc) and would much rather watch something live than watch it on tv!

If you could give the kids of Hingham one piece of advice, what would it be?

Your failures are just as important as your successes; try new things and try to enjoy the ups and downs of life. When things don’t go your way remember all of the people rooting for you and try again!

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