Interested in what's happening in the Amherst Public Schools? Want to meet Maria Geryk in person since you've only seen her photo in the paper? Eager to find out in what directions the schools are heading? Have questions?
Then come to the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library on Thursday, January 15, at 7:00 for the next presentation in the LWVA series Amherst: How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen. Superintendent Maria Geryk will present a program on “The State of the Schools: Present and Future”. She will be joined by Mike Morris, Assistant Superintendent; Monica Hall, Director of Diversity and Equity; and Marta Guevera, Director of Achievement and Accountability, in an overview of "The State of the Schools: Present and Future". The speakers will cover
- core curriculum, arts integration (ECT), civics education and high stakes testing,
- equity, changing ARPS demographics and restorative justice,
- the ARPS Family Center: programs, opportunities and support for all students and families
as well as partnerships with Amherst College and Hampshire College. Each will speak for about ten minutes, with plenty of time for Q&A.
Maria Geryk was appointed Superintendent of Schools of the Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts on February 6, 2011. Prior to this she served as Interim Superintendent of Schools from March 2010. She also served the district in this role from March through June 2009 when the Interim Superintendents stepped down.
Ms. Geryk joined the district as a Special Education Administrator in October 2002. She was promoted to Director of Pupil Personnel in October 2003, a position she held until being named Assistant Superintendent of Student Services in June 2009. Ms. Geryk’s career in education began in 1986 and included serving as an Alternative Education teacher and School Adjustment Counselor for the Westfield Public Schools and as a School Psychologist for the Gill-Montague, Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts.
Ms. Geryk holds Massachusetts certification in the areas of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, School Psychologist and Intensive Special Needs. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Severe Special Education from Westfield State College and a Master's degree and CAGS in School Psychology from the University or Massachusetts. Ms. Geryk lives in Amherst with her husband and two children.
The Director of Diversity and Equity, Monica Hall, works collaboratively across district departments and schools and has overall responsibility for the leadership of the district’s efforts in promoting cross-cultural understanding and competency , incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion goals into the everyday work of educational and administrative programs.