For Immediate Release - November 28, 2011


BOSTON -- Monday, November 28, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced that he has appointed experienced educator David Roach to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"David's lifelong experience and commitment to education in Massachusetts makes him an excellent addition to the Board," said Governor Patrick. "I know he will continue to be a great partner in our efforts to close the achievement gap and ensure that all of our students are prepared for success, and I thank him for his willingness to serve."

David E. Roach has nearly forty years of experience in the Commonwealth's education system. He began his career as a an English teacher and later served as an assistant principal, principal and superintendent in the Tantasqua Regional School District in Sturbridge. Roach served as superintendent of the Millbury School District for twelve years, where he helped develop a standards-based curriculum for the district and implemented a nationally-recognized service learning program. Roach went on to become the principal of Nativity School of Worcester before serving in his current role as a lecturer in the Graduate School of Leadership at Worcester State University and the Seminar in Education Policy at the College of the Holy Cross.

Roach is co-chair of the Commonwealth Corps Commission, which oversees approximately 659 volunteers serving in 36 non-profit organizations across the state, and is a member of the National Center for Learning and Citizenship's 100 District Leaders for Citizenship and Service Learning. He also served on the original committees that developed the state's 10th grade MCAS exam and the Commonwealth's first ever English Language Arts framework. Roach is a resident of Sutton, Massachusetts. His appointment fills the vacancy left by James E. McDermott, effective through June 30, 2015.



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