The Wicked Local website honored Wheelock alum Erica Manfredi (BS, Human Development/Elementary Education) and 9 other principals, assistant principals, and athletic directors who have chosen to commit their lives to the children, adolescents, and teenagers of the Plymouth public school system.
The article said each of the honorees has experienced every facet of the Plymouth Public Schools in their roles as students, parents, volunteers, coaches, teachers, athletic directors, assistant principals, and principals.
In the article, the administrators were asked about their past influences, a present course of action, and the implementation of goals for the future. They talked about their favorite teachers, the lessons that have been most valuable to them in their professional lives, goals for their students, and their plans to achieve.
Here is the section featuring Erica Manfredi:
Erica Manfredi, assistant principal, Indian Brook Elementary School
Education: Oak Street Kindergarten, Cold Spring Elementary School, Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, PCIS, Plymouth North High School (Class of 1990) Wheelock College – B.S. Human Development/Elementary Education; Lesley University – M.Ed. Special Education; Curry College – Principal Licensure Program
Favorite teacher: Sharon Lee
Best advice from your favorite teacher: “Every morning when we arrived, Sharon welcomed us with a smile. She truly seemed to care for all of her students. I try and follow her example of empathy and compassion with both students and staff.”
Goal for your students: “That students leave Indian Brook Elementary School as lifelong learners and responsible, positive, productive community members.”
Method to achieve your goal: “Smile, greet students by name, have a personal connection with students, provide a safe environment for students to learn and develop their skills, stay on top of advances in technology.
“My mother was very active in the Plymouth Public Schools. She was on the school committee for over 15 years; 13 years as chairperson. There was no escaping the importance of education in my house. I think it’s incredibly important to smile and greet students by name when they come in in the morning or when I see them in the hallways or classrooms. Having a personal connection with students makes them feel important and appreciated. It helps build a sense of community as well. Making sure students have the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a safe environment helps to foster their desire to learn. At Indian Brook, we have also tried to stay on top of the advances in technology. Throughout the day, as I visit classrooms, I will often see students at all levels utilizing Chromebooks, iPads, etc.”