Superintendent and Superintendent's Cabinet:

Dr. Tracy A. Youngberg

Contact Information:
Telephone: 860-465-2310

Executive Assistant: Holly Pattavina
Telephone: 860-465-2310

Dr. Tracy Youngberg, Superintendent

Dr. Tracy Youngberg, Superintendent of Windham Public Schools, is a dedicated and results-oriented educational leader who has a proven track record of improving systems in support of student achievement, adult learning, and organizational efficiency. She is currently in her 32nd year in public education and her eighth in Windham.

She arrived in Windham in July of 2016, as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.  In this role, she was responsible for all facets of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning.  Dr. Youngberg moved into the Acting Superintendent’s role unexpectedly in November, 2019, and was appointed Superintendent effective July 1, 2020.  She has led the district through the COVID pandemic with a thoughtful, straightforward approach to students, staff, and the community at large.  She has implemented significant changes to increase transparency, collaboration and accountability across the district, most notably in the district's budgeting process and improved collaboration between the Town and Windham Public Schools.  She works with the Board of Education to improve communication, respond to their feedback and ensure the effectiveness of their committees.  She has implemented a series of staff-run committees (District Survey, District Safety, District Professional Development) designed to empower employees and ensure they are heard.

She is passionate about improving instruction and has initiated a focus on Project Based Learning (PBL) experiences for all students K-12. She understands that in order for quality instruction to be provided in all classrooms, Windham educators need to receive actionable feedback. The implementation of the Mini Observation Protocol was designed to increase instructional feedback and set the stage for collegial conversations about instructional practice.  Some of the many district accomplishments that have occurred since she took over as Superintendent are as follows:

  • March, 2024: Natchaug Elementary School was named Connecticut Association of Schools Elementary School of the Year.

  • January, 2024: Graduated our first student from Windham’s Phoenix Academy, our alternative high school

  • Increased the total number of educators of color from 17.1% in 2019-2020 to 23.6% in 2023-2024, an increase of 6.5%

  • Increased student participation in our Dual Language programs from 577 in 2019-2020 to 815 in 2023-2024, an increase of 41%

  • 2022-2023: Windham Public Schools had 58.6% of their 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th grade students Reaching Fitness Zone Standard on the Physical Fitness Assessments, exceeding the state average of 45%.

  • 2023: Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy was recognized as a STEM School of Excellence from the Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

  • March, 2023: Windham High School earned full accreditation through New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

  • Spring, 2024: 2nd Annual District Wide Arts Expo that showcases our students’ art and music talents, PreK-12

 Prior to arriving in Windham, Dr. Youngberg taught 5th and 6th grades for twelve years and held the roles of Principal and Assistant Principal.  She was named Connecticut Association of Schools 2013 National Distinguished Principal and visited Washington D.C. as our state’s elementary representative.  Her leadership at Carmen Arace Intermediate School (CAIS) in Bloomfield, Connecticut, was instrumental in it being named a School Success Story in 2014 by the non-profit advocacy organization ConnCAN.  Her team’s efforts also earned the school top ConnCAN rankings in the categories of Performance Gains and African American Student Achievement in 2010 & 2011.  CAIS was also one of only 34 schools statewide to be removed from the 2011 No Child Left Behind - Needs Improvement List.  As a teacher, she was named 2004 Carmen Arace Middle School Teacher of the Year and 2004 Bloomfield District Teacher of the Year.  

Dr. Youngberg earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Supervision from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Leadership (School Principal Program) and her Master of Education in Special Education from Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts.  She has been a member of the Connecticut Association of Schools National Distinguished Principal Selection Committee and served as a Visiting Member of the New England Associations of Schools (NEASC) Elementary Accreditation Team.  She has also served as a Mentor/Cooperating Administrator for 092 candidates from several universities and an 093 candidate from Sacred Heart University.

Neil Weathers
Assistant Superintendent

Contact Information:
Telephone: 860-465-2108

Exec. Assistant: Janet Montalvo
Telephone: 860-465-2532

Assistant Superintendent Neil Weathers

Mr. Weathers is proud to serve the students and families of Windham Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent.  Windham is an incredible community and we truly have such amazing students, families, and staff.  All of his decision making is centered around the premise of doing what is best for our students and what is needed to best equip our students to succeed after they graduate from high school.

Having been in education since 1996, he has taught in multiple grades and subjects, with his favorite being mathematics.  Before coming to Windham in 2015, Mr. Weathers worked in Meriden Public Schools for fifteen years, where he spent the last eight years as the district's Supervisor of Mathematics.  In Windham, he initially served as the Director of Accountability, Performance, and Assessment as the district's test coordinator and overseeing state reporting before assuming responsibilities of the Assistant Superintendent in 2019. As the Assistant Superintendent, he works in conjunction with the Superintendent to oversee the instructional programming of Windham Public Schools and the overall operations of the facilities.

Mr. Weathers graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University in 1995, and later a Masters in Elementary Education in 2005. He earned his Certificate in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University in 2007.

Rita Parciak
Associate Director of Finance

Contact Information:
Telephone: 860-465-2320

Rita Parciak - Associate Director of Finance

Rita Parciak, MSA, is an experienced financial executive with a commitment to transparency and accountability.  Ms. Parciak has been with the Windham Public School District for a total of 14 years, with 6 years in her current position as the Associate Director of Finance.  Overseeing the district’s budget, payroll, purchasing, AP/AR, benefits, and grants, she is recognized as a leader in fiscal responsibility, running efficient operations and compliance with Federal and State audits and reporting.  In addition to managing the nearly $50M general fund budget, she oversees approximately $44M in federal and state grants and other funds.

Since Ms. Parciak's arrival, she has made numerous process improvements, including transitioning from paper timesheets to a universal KRONOS electronic timekeeping system; a conversion to a paperless payroll and human resources system; a restructuring of her department to a hierarchical structure, promoting professional growth for her team; development and updates to many finance-related policies and procedures. Ms. Parciak also provided crucial leadership during a time of transition with the district during the 2019-20 academic year.

Ms. Parciak received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University, and her Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Grace M. Martinez
Director of Human Resources

Contact Information:
Telephone: 860-465-2308

Grace Sanchez

Grace M. Martinez is an experienced human resources executive with over 14 years working in public school districts. Ms. Martinez is responsible for leading the overall human resources strategy, talent acquisition, employee/labor relations, diversity and inclusion, compliance, negotiations, learning and development, organizational culture and development, and workforce planning. She leads a team that is focused on developing and implementing strategies that drive results, create a positive work environment, and accentuate increased levels of employee engagement.

Since Ms. Martinez's arrival in the summer of 2022, she has designed and implemented recruiting strategies in Puerto Rico to increase diversity. She has also revised the district's recruitment materials to showcase our culturally diverse district. She is the district's Team Leader of the Increasing Educator Diversity (IED) Plan, as well as the district's Title IX Coordinator. Ms. Martinez has also implemented the Employee Recognition Committee, a group that focuses on employee recognition and appreciation. Ms. Martinez and her team visit schools regularly to focus on employee engagement.

Ms. Martinez holds a BS from Bryant University, an AS from Fisher College, and she will be completing her MBA from Fitchburg State University in May, 2024. She is an active member in several Human Resources organizations, including AASPA, CASPA, CBIA, HRLA, MABE, NPERLA/ CONNPERLA and SHRM.

Core Beliefs:

  • All students can achieve.

  • It is the duty of our organization to provide ALL students with opportunities and access to resources to develop their full potential.

  • Strong teaching and learning are a foundation for successful schools.

  • The entire staff is valued as a key component to the success of our organization.

  • Parents of our students are our partners in helping us develop lifelong learners who grow up to be productive citizens.

  • A rich and diverse community enriches us and strengthens our students with 21st Century skills.

  • Our responsibility is to remove all barriers to success.

Mission Statement:

Windham Public Schools provides all students equitable access to a high quality education and graduates students who are prepared to become productive members of society. The school district and community hold a commitment to support cultural and linguistic diversity, deep student engagement, and the pursuit of lifelong learning that will support our students' success in college, career and life.

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Strategic Plan

BOE Budget Book 2024-25