John assumed the stewardship of Taunton Public Schools on July 1, 2018, following an exemplary career spanning twenty years in the Taunton School system. From his initial assignment as a middle school Social Studies teacher at Parker Middle School through his role as Assistant Principal and Principal at the Cohannet and Friedman Middle Schools and most recently as Taunton Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, John has demonstrated his commitment to excellence, hard work, measurable success, and the welfare of all students.
His reputation for fairness, team building, and innovation is respected among his peers, students and family members as evidenced by letters of appreciation and professional evaluations. John is “one of the most innovative teachers I’ve observed.” He “creates an atmosphere which stimulates an exciting approach to learning.” (Administrator comment) “Beyond just holding the title of Principal, you truly engage children, guide them in the right direction and take every child’s needs and education into consideration.” (Parent commendation)
Choosing to model his belief in continuous improvement and embracing his personal and professional commitment to excellence, John fostered his professional growth by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies and History from Benedictine University, a Master’s Degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education Leadership from Fitchburg College and certification in Education Leadership / Superintendency through Lesley University / READS Academy and MSSAA complemented by a host of professional development seminars and trainings. Perusing John’s resume reveals a gentleman focused on nurturing the development of all dimensions of a child and who, over the span of his career, has embraced research-based programs to enhance children’s learning, and designed and implemented initiatives to improve student achievement. He maintains a tireless vigil as it relates to Taunton Public Schools’ fiscal health, its professional practices, the full integration of the district’s core beliefs, recruiting and retaining a high quality, diverse staff and ensuring that the school district and its mission are embraced by the community of Taunton. John recognizes that a community’s school district affects the quality of the community in which it operates and influences the quality of life for its citizens.
Embracing the value of professional and community networking, John actively participates in community organizations and boards and has been acknowledged for his involvement when he was among administrators nominated for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, the NSBA “20 Leaders to Watch” and the recipient of the MASBO Donald D. Johnson Efficiency Award. He is a member of Kiwanis and sits on the Board of READS Academy.
Born on the Portuguese island of São Miguel and raised in Fall River, John currently resides in Taunton with his wife Cristina and is the proud father of two daughters currently enrolled in the school system. For their sake and the sake of all students attending our schools, he maintains a razor-sharp focus on every student’s personal and educational welfare, seeks to ensure fiscal solvency in turbulent financial times, and is committed to the continuation of the positive momentum of success that is underway in Taunton.
TAUNTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
215 Harris Street Taunton, MA 02780 508.821.1100
Taunton Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, homeless status, race, religion, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.