Dean Mueller Welcomes Distinguished Leaders in Education to Board of Visitors
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Dean Mueller Welcomes Distinguished Leaders in Education to Board of Visitors

I am pleased to announce the addition of Lydia Tedone and James Thompson, Jr. to the ENHP Board of Visitors.  Both are exceptional leaders who have contributed extensively to our neighboring school systems, the State of Connecticut, and beyond. Dean Ralph O. Mueller

Lydia TedoneLydia A. Tedone - Being a member of the board is not a new role for Lydia A. Tedone. She has served as President of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) since 2011 and has been a member of the CABE Board of Directors since 2006. A member of the Simsbury Board of Education since 1997, Tedone currently serves as Board Chair.  In addition, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital Region Education Council since 2000 and served as its Chair in 2007 and 2008. She has been active in the SHEFF Movement and the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education. On a national level, she is an active member of the National School Board Association where she serves as a Northeast Regional Delegate.

Tedone has served on numerous public and not-for-profit boards and commissions including Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley and Community Farm of Simsbury. Additionally, she has a long history of service to local organizations such as the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, Simsbury-Granby Rotary, and Citizens Police Academy. Lydia is a member of the Simsbury Republican Town Committee. Previously, she held various positions with the Farmington Valley YMCA for nearly 20 years, most recently as Coordinator of Early Childhood Education programming. A graduate of Bentley College with a BS in Business Administration, Tedone resides in Simsbury.

James Thompson, Jr.James Thompson Jr. - Thompson has had a long and distinguished career in public education. Three years after graduating from Hartford Public High School, Thompson achieved his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, his master's degree in Urban Education and Certification in Administration and Supervision from the University of Hartford, and his doctor of education degree in Education Leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Thompson began his career as an elementary school teacher in Hartford.    He progressed to leadership positions, always committed to enhancing and reforming public education. Thompson is known and admired as a mentor and coach to other principals, a builder of collaborative teams, and a reformer and achiever of academic excellence. Today he is the Superintendent of the Bloomfield Public School System.

Working in environments where a significant portion of the population is at or below the poverty level, he has built teams of stakeholders to transform some of the lowest performing schools.  His leadership has garnered national, regional, and state recognition for improvements in student performance.