The Monarch School of New England is pleased to announce that as of July 1st, newly appointed Executive Director Jeanette Souther has assumed her role at the school.
Jean Parsons, President of the Monarch School of New England Board of Directors, led the yearlong hiring process along with a committee of Board members. This hiring committee was instrumental in identifying the qualities needed in a leader who could further the school’s mission and build upon its strong foundation.
Parsons shared; “Jeanette’s passion for special education comes from a unique intersection of professional experiences and personal connections. In addition to being a highly respected leader, she demonstrates a genuine, strong alignment with the school’s values that all students can learn and deserve the opportunity to grow to reach their greatest potential. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Monarch School of New England.”
Souther brings more than 20 years of leadership, special education, and administrative experience to the Monarch School of New England. Her extensive career has encompassed all aspects of the special education system, from direct classroom instruction to administration. She has held educational leadership roles in at least three states, providing her with comprehensive knowledge of the current best practices, laws, policies, and issues in special education. Most recently, Souther served for eight years as the Portsmouth School District’s Director of Pupil Supports.
“I’m delighted to join the Monarch School of New England and to return, in a way, to my ‘professional roots’ as a special education teacher. I look forward to being part of a school community that celebrates each student’s individual strengths. Being an engaged leader, I will work with the dedicated staff to ensure students have the support they need to be successful in reaching their goals,” shared Souther.
Souther also shared that joining the Monarch School of New England resonates strongly for her on a personal level. She grew up watching her parents and grandmother advocate on behalf of her paternal aunt, who developed significant physical and cognitive disabilities following a debilitating childhood illness. And most meaningful personally is her oldest son, whose achievements as a young adult with Down syndrome continually inspire her.
Given Souther’s professional leadership experiences, personal commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities, and shared values with the school community, the Monarch School of New England is in a strong place to move forward with her guidance and continue providing unlimited possibilities for students with special needs.