2020 Neag School Outstanding School Superintendent
For the past five years, Christine L. Carver ’91 (ED), ’97 MA, ’09 Ed.D. has served as superintendent of Bethel (Conn.) Public Schools, where she led a diverse stakeholder committee in developing a five-year strategic plan; implemented school improvement plans; overseen building infrastructure, security, and budgets; and facilitated parent, board, legislative, and community engagement. Previously, Carver was the associate superintendent of human capital development for Newington (Conn.) Public Schools and also held various district-level administrative positions for New London (Conn.) Public Schools. In addition, Carver has been active with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and various legislative task forces for the Connecticut General Assembly.
“As a colleague who has worked with Dr. Carver, I have found that she demonstrates all the qualities of a successful educational leader — strong character, intelligence, and the will to make schools a better place.”
— Joseph P. Macary ’94 (CLAS), ’05 ELP, ’16 Ed.D.,
Superintendent, Vernon Public Schools
Acceptance Speech from Christine
“In visits to schools in the Bethel School District the impact of Christine’s high leverage and collaborative leadership work is evident throughout. ... Her voice is acknowledged as both informed and savvy regarding the leadership and instructional strategies necessary to insure a high-quality educational experience for every child we serve.”
— Bob Villanova ’86 Ph.D., Director, Executive Leadership Program
“Through continued contact through the Superintendents’ Network with the Connecticut Center for School Change, I have benefited from her curiosity and intellect in the continuing professional learning and growth opportunities offered by the network. Christine raises the level of every conversation in which she participates.”
— Paul Freeman ’09 Ed.D.,
Superintendent, Guilford Public Schools
Congratulations! You deserve this honor and recognition. We are so fortunate to have you as the Superintendent of the Bethel Public Schools. You make a difference for the children, staff, and families of Bethel in so many ways: you have high expectations for yourself and others; you have a forward thinking vision; your collaboration and communication skills bring others together; your strong moral compass and integrity in your work are a model for us all; and your personality, positivity and humor help make our environment a safe and inviting place to work and learn. People simply want to listen to you and work with you because we know we can trust you and the decisions you make are in the best interests of the children of Bethel. Your leadership will have a lasting impression on our district. I am so grateful to work alongside you.
Congratulations Christine — We are all proud of you, and you are a great Superintendent. Thank you for representing UConn and superintendents with honor and distinction.
— Joe Macary
I am so happy to share my congratulations and participate in this event to honor you as Outstanding School Superintendent. You are certainly deserving of this award and recognition!!!