FRAMINGHAM — After 24 years in public education, Judy Styer, the district’s director of health and wellness, will retire on June 30.
She has served Framingham’s students for the past 22 years, the first seven as a school nurse and the last 15 as director of school health services and in her current role.
In a statement, Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay said he has been impressed by the initiatives the district has been able to pursue with Styer as a member of the leadership team. He named addressing vaping in schools and mental health issues to the rollout of the new Code of Character, Conduct and Support as a more “restorative” approach to student behavior as examples.
“Ms. Styer is the consummate professional and her expertise, collaborative style, and strong research and communication skills will be missed. I wish her well on this next leg of her journey. She has indeed earned some time to rest,” said Tremblay.
Under Styer, the Department of Health and Wellness expanded Student Support Personnel and School Health Services, pioneered PreK-Grade 8 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula and programming, and founded the Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Team to support academic achievement and social emotional growth for all students, according to a press release.
The department has also provided consultation services surrounding behavior challenges and offered ongoing professional development to staff.
The district is looking for community members who want to join a committee that will interview potential replacements and make recommendations to Tremblay.
Those interested in joining the committee should complete the online form, which can be found on the district website, by Tuesday.
Zane Razzaq writes about education. Reach her at 508-626-3919 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @zanerazz.
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