Incorporating digital innovation with high academic standards is something in which Archbishop Williams High School prides itself. To enhance the school’s commitment to learning in a digital era, AWHS has named Jean Marston as its new Assistant Principal.
Technology and teaching have always come natural to Marston, who for past 15 years has held many titles in the academic world. A former adjunct professor and technology coordinator, Marston has the experience and expertise to pioneer AWHS in this high-tech world. She said what attracted her to the school was its potential.
“I am very excited to join the Archbishop Williams High School Catholic community,” said Marston. “This is a very significant time in its history and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Marston succeeds Jane Funderburk, who served the school administration for 11 successful years. Funderburk will return her to her first love of teaching chemistry.
After earning a business and computer science degree from Boston University, Marston combined her passion for teaching and enthusiasm for technology. She entered the corporate world, managing the computing team for John Hancock.
Following John Hancock, Marston went back to school and entered education.
“I love sharing my knowledge and helping people develop their skills and unique gifts God has given them,” she said. “ I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience and skills to help facilitate and enhance student, individualized and personalized learning.”
She joined the academic world as a middle school computer science teacher in the Freetown-Lakeville School District in 1998. After several years of integrating technology into the curriculum at the middle school level, she progressed to teaching at Cardinal Spellman High School.
While at Cardinal Spellman Marston was a computer teacher, Technology Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She spearheaded Spellman’s iPad Initiative and assisted in the development and implementation of a consistent format for curriculum.
“I look forward to working with Jean as our new Assistant Principal,” said Dr. Carmen Mariano, school principal. “Jean is truly an expert in how technology can support instruction and in how students learn.”
Her wealth of technological knowledge will be a significant asset to the school.
“I’m excited to continue to work with technology department here, said Marston. “I want to continue building the use of the iPad as an academic tool to further instruction and optimize learning in a digital world.”
She holds a masters degree from Bridgewater State College in Educational Leadership and is currently enrolled at Lesley University with a proposed Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.
“My goals for the coming year include getting to know the students, faculty, staff and the “Bishops” way of doing things,” she said. “I know there will be challenges ahead. I also know that utilizing a collaborative, problem-solving approach, we will meet them successfully.”