MEDFIELD -- Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden is pleased to announce that Christine Power has been hired as the district's new Director of Instruction and Innovation.

In this role, Power will work directly with the district's faculty and administrators to focus and reflect on curriculum development and teacher practice. This will include evaluating how assessments in the district impact curriculum and exploring meaningful initiatives for teacher professional development.

"The Director of Instruction and Innovation position has been open for the last year so we're pleased to welcome Christine and the experience she brings into this important role," Superintendent Marsden said. "Bringing innovation into curriculum is important in order for our district to keep up with the constantly changing environment of education." 

Power's work in instruction and innovation will be uniquely informed by the 10 years she previously spent at Medfield High School, from 1997 to 2007, as a social studies teacher.

Prior to returning to Medfield, Power was the Director of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development at Boston College's Lynch School of Education where she worked with pre-service and in-service PK-12 teachers to improve their practice.

"Through my previous position at Medfield High School, I know that I love the K-12 environment and the Medfield district," Power said. "Since I've returned, I've been able to see Medfield's increased focus on innovation and the expanded opportunities for teachers to think beyond what has been considered traditional curriculum and instruction. I was excited to be given the opportunity to return and make a difference and I hope to help the district build upon all the great initiatives I've seen since my return."

Power has served on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO). She participated in numerous Department of Elementary and Secondary Education task forces and presented at several national and regional conferences on the topic of teacher development and assessment. 

Power holds a Master of Education in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a PhD Candidate at Boston College with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction.