Ellen C. Roth

Your Name: Ellen C. Roth

Position running for: Board of Education

Age: 45

Occupation/career details:

Learning Specialist/Special Educator at Watkinson School in Hartford, CT – private, co-educational day school

since 2013

English Teacher for Hartford Public Schools and at a LEARN-managed magnet school in the Hartford area from

2009-2013

Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton – focused on adult learning, training and education – 2000-2009

Family:

Spouse – Briana J. Brumaghim

Children – Cady Brumaghim (16), Fallon Roth-Perreault (13), Chloe Brumaghim (12), Aria Roth-Perreault (11)

All students in Terryville schools – have collectively attended all four schools and are now in EJTMS and THS

The rest of my family lives in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD, where I am from.

Education/skills/experience/pertinent credentials:

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary English – Central Connecticut State University

Master of Arts in Organization Development (Change Management) – Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature – Salisbury University

Teach for America Corps Alumna

CT Professional Educator License – Comprehensive Special Education K-12; English (Language Arts) 7-12

Volunteer or public service experience:

Town of Plymouth, Library Trustee (2017-2019)

Town of Plymouth Capital Improvements Committee Member (2019-present)

Town of Plymouth Board of Education (2021-present), currently serving on Negotiations Committee

Safety Officer (EMS-4) at Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Former Captain of Training (EMS-5) at Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Emergency Medical Technician and Field Training Officer, Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Former Secretary, Fisher Elementary PTA

Former Secretary, Plymouth Center School PTO

Town of Plymouth Capital Improvements Committee Member

Second Vice Chair, Fundraising, Plymouth Democratic Town Committee

Plymouth Democratic Town Committee Member

 

I am a career educator who has worked at both public and private schools, with a background in organizational development and change management – a unique background as we work to realign our town’s elementary schools. My children have all attended Plymouth Public Schools, and I have been involved as a parent in both elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. I have experience with both regular and special education, project management, budget and financial management. It is important for me to be well-informed of the educational and budgetary issues in our town, as well as educational research and administration, in order to be an informed and productive member of the board. I am committed to investigating and understanding all perspectives before I make decisions about what is best for our town and its student population. My door is always open for conversation, and I will be transparent about my views when engaged by constituents.

What do you want to accomplish during your time on the board? How will you know you’ve succeeded?

At present, Plymouth Public Schools rank 114 among the state’s 170 school systems. We can do better, and we will. With the right team in place, including our newly-hired Acting Superintendent, we are in an excellent position to help Plymouth rise in the rankings by improving the quality of education available to our students.

Currently, approximately 170 students seek schooling outside of our district, which limits the per pupil funding available to us through the state, as well as our connections within the community. I want to investigate why students choose to attend school out of district, and find ways to attract students back to Plymouth. I want to see us rise to the top 100 school systems by the end of my term, and reduce the number of students attending schools outside of Plymouth by half.

End it on a high note! In summary, what’s the most important piece of info about yourself voters should take with them to the voting booth?

As the Chairman of the Board of Education said to me – I’m a doer. I am involved and engaged, and my mind is focused on making measurable improvements to the quality of education received in Plymouth. Quality education is about more than just academics – it is about increasing the pride students feel about being a part of our community. The school grounds, sports, quality of student-teacher relationships, and peer-to-peer relationships all play a role in developing pride, which fuels achievement. As an educator, a parent with kids in our system, and a citizen of our town, I will do everything possible to make Plymouth Public Schools a first class educational experience – without overspending.