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Appointment of New Leadership for Pupil Services in Region 1

At a special meeting held on Tuesday, September 21, the Board of Education for Regional School District #1 appointed Martha Schwaikert as the Director of Pupil Services, replacing Carl Gross, who announced his retirement (effective September 30) at the beginning of the month. Ms. Schwaikert has been a teacher in Region One for the past thirty three years. She began her career at Kent Center School 1988. From that time until 2009, she was a special education teacher in Kent, Salisbury and Housatonic Valley Regional School, accomplishing her personal goal of having taught at each grade level in the District. In 2009, she moved into administration and became the Supervisor of Special Education for the District.

Ms.Schwaikert received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford and her Master’s Degree and 092 Certification in School Administration from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

On Monday, October 4, 2021, RSD1 BOE appointed Rebecca Gaschel-Clark as the Supervisor of Special Education, the position vacated by Ms. Schwaikert. Ms. Gaschel-Clark has been a Region One teacher for 27 years, spending the entirety of her teaching career at Salisbury Central School. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Hartford, she began working in the RSD1 special education department in 1994. She became the teacher in the Integrated Pre-K program shortly thereafter. Ms. Gaschel-Clark obtained her Master’s Degree in 1997 from the University of Hartford and her 092 Certification in School Administration in 2017 from Central Connecticut State University. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has participated in school-based and Regional committees and has been an acting administrator at Salisbury Central when needed.

Ms. Schwaikert has worked with Rebecca Gaschel-Clark for over twenty-five years and is looking forward to partnering with her and the Region’s Special Education and Pupil Services staff to enhance the outcomes and experiences for our students with disabilities. While sad to leave the littlest learners in the classroom, Ms. Gaschel-Clark is very excited to begin this new adventure with her mentor and colleague, Martha Schwaikert. Superintendent Lisa Carter endorsed the appointments by saying “I look forward to working with Martha and Rebecca and I am excited about the positive energy this team will bring in support of our students with disabilities. Their strong relationships throughout the region and deep understanding of our students, staff and communities is a valuable asset that will ensure a smooth transition into their new roles.”

Ms. Carter and the RSD1 BOE wish Carl Gross all the best in his retirement and welcome the new team who they know will ensure continuity of service and the continued success of our students.