School Committee names interim assistant superintendent: highly respected in school community

Katie Roberts (Photo by Joshua Ross)
July 15, 2022 by Carol Britton Meyer (photo by Joshua Ross)

Current Hingham Public Schools Science Director Kathryn (Katie) Roberts was named Interim Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the 2022-2023 school this week, following Asst. Supt. of Schools Jamie LaBillois' recent resignation after accepting a position with the Brockton Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services.

The School Committee unanimously approved Roberts' appointment upon the recommendation of new Supt. of Schools Dr. Margaret Adams. Tim Miller-Dempsey was not present.

During the remote meeting, Adams expressed appreciation for Roberts' willingness to serve in this capacity "during this year of transition" and said that she is highly respected among members of the school community.

"Katie has been a great asset to the district and will continue to be a great asset during Dr. Adams' first year," School Committee Chair Michelle Ayer said.

Roberts, who has worked in the Hingham Public Schools for more than 25 years, was hired as a middle school science and math teacher and transitioned to a K-5 Science Specialist before serving as the K-12 Science Director, a role she has filled for the last 12 years.

Roberts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both biology and government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Innovative Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University. She also holds a Massachusetts Superintendent License.

Hingham Public Schools will begin its search for a permanent Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in January of 2023. A complete search for the position will occur at that time to include opportunities for input from educators, students, and community stakeholders.

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