Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue has been a passionate educator and leader for more than 31 years. Throughout her career, Lorrie has worked in both urban and suburban districts, bringing forward a wealth of knowledge in the areas of teaching and learning, systems design, student management, professional development, and safety and security. Having worked for more than 20 years as both the high school principal and Superintendent of Schools in Newtown, CT, Lorrie has used her experience in dealing with districts who have suffered trauma, and led professional development workshops in emergency response, safety, and security for other Connecticut districts and universities in the United States, including Penn State Directors Academy.
With a background at the secondary level, Lorrie served as an English teacher for both middle and high school students and achieved National Board Certification (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) in English in 1996. As an educational leader, Lorrie collaborated with staff and district leadership teams to use a systems approach to make improvements and set a path toward high achievement. As Principal, Lorrie led her high school to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report and was honored as Connecticut Principal of the Year by Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).
As a former superintendent of schools, Lorrie’s experience and capacity as a leader guided staff, students, families, and community members to transform their districts into collaborative places of excellence that focus on students at the center. As a thoughtful leader, Lorrie has worked with boards of education, consultants, and community partners to use resources strategically to develop new and innovative pathways for student learning and social-emotional well-being, including courses in STEM and opportunities for peer mentorships.
Lorrie has worked to mentor new colleagues, teachers, and educational leaders. Her depth of understanding in public education and leadership has led to her publishing articles including, “Reality Check: Tracking the Stories of Our Graduates” (2010), which she co-authored with national educator and consultant Dr. Lois Lanning and “The Power of Student Work” (2016), both written for NASSP Principal Leadership Magazine. Lorrie holds a B.A. in English and M.A. in Teaching and Learning from Fairfield University, a Sixth Year from Sacred Heart University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.