September 25, 2013 | 1105 views
Education a passion for curriculum chief
District 30 bills itself as “The Friendly Schools,” and that is exactly what brought Dr. Roxanne Garcia France to her position as the elementary school district’s instructional leader.
France arrived this summer as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and said she has received a warm welcome from the Valley Stream community. She has a long educational career that has spanned four states, and has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions.
The Long Island native entered the education field in 1988 as a teaching assistant for ESL at her alma mater, Uniondale High School. She was studying for her bachelor’s degree in business at the time, but quickly realized education was her calling. Switching gears, France got her master’s degree in elementary education and special education at Hofstra University.
The next chapter in her career was spent in the south, starting in Cobb County, Georgia, where she taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Moving to Broward County, Florida, she worked with children with autism and designed a program to include them in a general education setting.
France moved to central administration, overseeing programs for children with special needs at more than a dozen schools. It was a job that required a lot of traveling. “The back seat of my car was my office,” she said.
As it turned out, her own daughter had autism. In an effort to find her proper treatment, France moved to North Carolina, where she briefly worked as a substitute teacher in Cumberland County.
In 2003, she returned to Long Island. Working for Hofstra, she was assigned to the Roosevelt School District to provide teachers training in science, math and technology. Roosevelt later hired her, and she worked her way up to assistant superintendent. France also had a three-month stint as interim superintendent. She recalls the state commissioner of education calling her on her cell phone, while she was online at CVS, offering her the post.
France comes to Valley Stream following a year in North Bellmore. “I felt that this was a better fit,” she said. “There’s a sense that you’re a part of a learning community.”