Dr. Kristen Brooks
Dr. Kristen Brooks was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Bethel Public Schools on July 1, 2014. Dr. Brooks began her career as a first grade teacher at Washington School in Waterbury, Connecticut. After teaching first grade, she taught kindergarten at Carrington School serving on various district-wide and school committees. During her tenure at Carrington she also served as Teaching Vice-Principal assisting the administration.
After teaching for ten years, Dr. Brooks was appointed principal of Frank A. Berry School in 2006 and served there for eight years. She worked very closely with students, staff, administrators, parents, and the community to improve student achievement. Dr. Brooks was responsible for building the capacity of the teaching staff through instructional coaching, targeted professional development, and the implementation of a distributed leadership model. She deepened the understanding of PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) among her staff and deepened the commitment to developing more rigorous curriculum and assessment. Dr. Brooks successfully launched SRBI (Scientifically Research Based Interventions) data teams to more closely monitor and respond to student learning needs. She created the innovative WIN (What I Need) Intervention Model designed to provide targeted instruction to our students needing further support.
As principal, Dr. Brooks developed a culture of shared responsibility among the staff for ensuring that all students receive the instruction and attention that they need. She developed systems that promote a very positive school climate and inaugurated the ROAR (Respectful, On Task, Always safe, and Responsible) program to introduce school wide norms and expectations for behavior. As a strong parent advocate, Dr. Brooks chaired the Family School Partnership committee and led the planning for activities like Parent University. She worked very closely with the Berry PTO to strengthen the home school connection and collaborated with families and community members to access resources that provide supplemental educational experiences.
Dr. Brooks earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Merrimack College, A Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Central Connecticut State University, a 6th Year degree in Education Supervision and Administration from Sacred Heart University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.
She resides with her husband Matt, their two children, Regan and Finn, and their Bernese Mountain Dog.