Superintendent of the Year
The New Hampshire School Administrators Association, in coordination with the American Association of School Administrators, has announced that Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore is the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year for 2019. Dr. Tacconi-Moore, Superintendent of Schools for the Henniker, Weare, John Stark Regional and Stoddard School Districts (SAU #24) will receive a special award during the AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, CA, in February 2019.
Lorraine was selected for this honor by a panel of her peers and from a distinguished group of nominees. Marjorie Burke, Chair of both the Weare and SAU 24 School Boards, and Jacqueline Coe, Assistant Superintendent of SAU 24, noted that Lorraine often takes limited resources and creative thinking in order to optimize the SAU and Districts’ budgets to improve all five schools that the SAU serves. Marjorie Burke said “Lorraine has a strong focus on doing what is best for kids; their needs are first and foremost in all her efforts to provide optimum opportunities for learning.”
Lorraine’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Arts from Smith College; a Masters of Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Massachusetts- Lowell. Lorrainestarted her administrative career as Director of Fine Arts for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and then became Assistant Principal for Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. She then became Principal at Littleton Junior-Senior High School before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Westford, Massachusetts. Lorraine became Superintendent of Schools in SAU 24 in 2010, where she remains today.
Lorraine currently serves as an executive board member and president-elect of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association; is a past chairperson and current member of the Southwest Superintendent Regional Committee; is a member of both the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Lorraine is also a past member of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. She has also participated in many local committees, has received many honors and awards, and was most recently selected by Homeland Security and Emergency Management to be part of their interview panel, representing K-12 education.
Lorraine attributes her success to her family: her husband, Dennis, who has championed her throughout her career, her two children, Gina and Greg, her four Italian immigrant grandparents, and her parents. Lorraine believes that the many years she spent as a classroom teacher has made her a better superintendent, and values the positive working relationship she has with her four school boards. In her free-time, Lorraine enjoys designing jewelry, cooking for family and friends, antiquing, and spending time by the ocean.
Dr. Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, stated, “Lorraine is an outstanding representative of the many school superintendents in our state who work everyday in support of public education. She is a strong and vigorous advocate for students and their families, and is a true Champion for Children.