Dr. Susan Szachowicz is the principal of Brockton High School, a large (4,300 student) comprehensive urban high school. Originally a history teacher, she was the Social Science Department Head for many years, and then became a Housemaster. In 1999 she was appointed the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and in that capacity directed the school’s literacy initiatives to improve student achievement. She became Brockton High’s principal in 2004 and continues to be committed to educational reform at the school and in the state. She has served on numerous state commissions on education reform particularly regarding the Massachusetts assessment program. Her leadership at Brockton High has been committed to “high expectations, high standards – no excuses.” Under her leadership, Brockton High has been recognized as a Massachusetts Compass School, a National Model School for five years in a row, a recipient of the National School Change Award, and received a Bronze Medal from U.S. News and World Report.
She received both her BA in History and Sociology and MA in History from Bridgewater State University and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has also taught graduate courses in history and education at Bridgewater State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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