Mary Lundquist, Math Department Leader and teacher at Farmington High School, has been selected as the Dean of Students at Farmington High School, Superintendent Kathleen Greider announced in a release Wednesday.
As department leader, she was responsible for supervision and evaluation of math teachers and for their ongoing professional development.
“Mary Lundquist is an exceptional mathematics instructor, curriculum developer and leader. She generously shares her expertise with her colleagues and fosters a passion for teaching and learning that resonates throughout Farmington High School,” Greider said.
Lundquist was instrumental in revising the math curriculum from a traditional approach to an integrated, constructivist approach to high school algebra. As a result, students were exposed to more rigorous and meaningful content. Performance has shown positive incremental growth over time and the number of students enrolled in higher-level math courses has increased.
“For more than 15 years, Mary has been an exceptionally effective teacher and department leader at Farmington High School. As a teacher, she has been particularly strong with students who struggle to learn mathematics. Although she has high expectations for their work, she is always patient and kind,” FHS Principal Dr. Tim Breslin.
As a department leader, Lundquist has worked tirelessly to keep Farmington High School’s math department at the forefront of innovation. More than a decade ago, she successfully oversaw the adoption of the Integrated Math Curriculum and at the same time, she was a pioneer in forming content teams, one of the key reasons for the department’s consistent success in teaching mathematics.
Lundquist states, “I am proud to be a member of the Farmington High School academic community and excited to work with students and faculty in a new capacity. In our rapidly changing world, Farmington students are building the skills and dispositions necessary for success. I look forward to joining an administrative team that is focused on providing this robust learning environment.”
Dr. Breslin enthusiastically concludes, “Farmington High School is fortunate to be able to add Ms. Lundquist to its administrative team.”
From 1982-1995 Ms. Lundquist has held positions as a mathematics teacher and Department Leader in various school districts, including Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire; St. Rose High School in Chelsea, Massachusetts; and Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also served as a workshop presenter at numerous professional development conferences. In 1995, she joined the Farmington Public Schools as the Mathematics Department Leader for Grades 9-12, and in 2003 she began teaching mathematics at the Farmington Alternative High School as well.
Ms. Lundquist earned her sixth year diploma in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, she earned a Master’s Degree in Science from Boston University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Math from the University of Massachusetts as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Suffolk University.
Ms. Lundquist was Farmington’s 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year as well as a state finalist for the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Submitted by Farmington Public Schools.