Jessica Rose appointed district elementary supervisor

Reported by Washington Township

The Washington Township Board of Education approved the appointment of Jessica Rose as the district’s elementary supervisor/K-8 basic skills instruction (BSI) program coordinator during its meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Rose takes over for Gretchen Gerber, who recently was named the new principal at Bells Elementary School. Rose will be housed at Birches Elementary School

Rose has spent the past 16 years as a fourth-grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. During that time, she also has served as a principal’s intern and acting principal, assisting Principal Jeff Pollock with day-to-day school operations.

“I am happy to welcome Jessica Rose to the elementary supervisory/administrative team in her new role as supervisor of elementary education/district basic skills coordinator,” District Director of Elementary Education Bobbi Marciano said. “Mrs. Rose has distinguished herself as a successful classroom teacher and leader among her colleagues. She brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the position, as well as a passionate advocacy for the needs of our struggling learners. She is eager to meet the tremendous challenge of ensuring that our elementary students attain high levels of literacy and are prepared for their future careers.”

As BSI Coordinator, Rose will have many duties. She will review staffing and resources provided to the program, assist in BSI hiring and training, and ensure program and curricula is successfully implemented. In addition, she will coordinate the BSI identification process, review placement criteria and work hand-in-hand with principals and guidance counselors to ensure appropriate BSI placement and structure at each school. Rose will maintain the District’s BSI Handbook, develop a student assessment program to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and take part in professional development and budget-related meetings throughout the school year.

She will supervise the quality and delivery of the BSI curriculum, working with other supervisors, administrators and curriculum staff to develop high-quality programs. Rose will develop and implement the Title I portion of the No Child Left Behind Grant, working closely with the Director of Elementary Education, principals and the District’s other Elementary Supervisors on all aspects of NCLB.

Rose’s duties and accolades at Thomas Jefferson included being named Teacher of the Year in 2000; piloting the District’s Be A Writer and Fundamentals of Grammar and Conventions programs; creating and advising language arts benchmarks; authoring District math curriculum; and mentoring new teachers.

She served as a principal intern during the 2008-09 school year, where she shadowed and assisted Pollock. Among other duties, Rose observed and evaluated staff members; provided professional development in language arts, math and science; developed a Discipline Code of Conduct, Discipline Policy and Positive Discipline Handbook; and completed a School in Need of Improvement Plan for state submission.

In March 2011, Rose stood in as interim principal at Thomas Jefferson, where she was responsible for all daily operations, including: guiding teachers during language arts curriculum implementation; presenting scope and sequence of New Jersey ASK testing to parents; resolving staff, student and parent conflicts; and completing walkthrough classroom observations.

Rose earned her bachelors of Science in consumer economics from the University of Delaware in 1988. She received her post baccalaureate certificate in elementary education from Rowan University in 1995, and her masters in school leadership/principal’s certificate from Wilmington University in 2009. She is a resident of Wenonah.