John Freeman

School Change Coach

John J. Freeman is superintendent of the Pittsfield (NH) School District, a member school district of the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance. In addition to supporting the work in his home district, John served as a school change coach in the i3 New England Network to support a second district that experienced a great deal of leadership change over the course of the five-year project.

Prior to serving as superintendent, John worked as the elementary school principal in Pittsfield, NH for nine years. His forty-five year career in education has included serving as a school principal in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire; elementary and middle school teaching in New Jersey and North Dakota; as well as an administrative internship year in New York.

For John, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network in his home school will be the shift in both instructional and assessment practices. Across all thirteen schools, he finds the most enduring impact to be the expansion of student voice. His coaching role also impacted his own professional practice. He now recognizes the extent of the profound challenge school leadership plays in underperforming schools—both from revolving-door leadership, as well as inadequately prepared leaders.

John holds a B.A. in education from Newark State College (now Kean University), a M.A. in English from Seton Hall University; a M.Ed. in education from the University of North Dakota; and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of New Hampshire. A native of New Jersey, John and his wife – a kindergarten teacher - have lived in New Hampshire since 1987. They have three adult children. 

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