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MICHAEL KOHLHAGEN

2 Apple Hill Court


South Salem, New York 10590
H 914.763.8493
C 914.486.8070
mkd15a3a@westpost.net
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Seasoned Superintendent of Schools with solid experience providing leadership, a
ccountability, supervision and organization to large urban and suburban school p
opulations. Successful in initiating educational change and reform resulting in
improved outcomes for students spanning grades pre-K to 12. Strong ability to
lead, motivate, and work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse constitu
ency.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Superintendent of Schools
Wethersfield Public Schools
Wethersfield, Connecticut
July 1, 2007 - present
Responsible for the strategic implementation of the mission, vision and goals of
the Board of Education resulting in significant and continuous improvement in a
ll aspects of the School District including:
* Improved overall ranking amongst similar size Towns as confirmed in the Novemb
er 2009 issue of Connecticut Magazine
* Improved Student Achievement and Student Support Services
o Improved State Assessment Results on CMT in Literacy, Mathematics and Science
o Improved CAPT and SAT Results at Wethersfield High School
* Improved Financial Management and Capital Improvement
* Improved Internal and External Communication systems
* Improved Use of Instructional Technology to Impact Student Achievement
* Improved Accountability Systems at All Levels
* Enhanced Collaboration and Support for Staff and Community Members at All Leve
ls
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Port Chester Rye Union Free School District
Port Chester, New York
2001 - June 30, 2007
Responsible for all aspects of Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technol
ogy, Special Education, and Assessments for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free Scho
ol District. Port Chester is a high need, high performing District that embrace
s diversity and strives for "Success for Every Student ".
Accomplishment highlights:
* Initiated and developed, via committee, a research based teacher evaluation to
ol
* Developed, via committee, a Five Year Instructional Technology Plan
* Strengthened reading intervention programs
* Strengthened Special Education continuum of programs including inclusion and c
o-teaching programming including enhanced special education self contained class
rooms
* Initiated Data Warehouse Project
* Led adoption of K - 8 Inquiry based Science Program
* Initiated curriculum mapping project
* Strengthened parent programs and the home school connection
* Founding partner of the Southern Westchester Collaborative High School, a ther
apeutic, regents prep, alternative high school program
* Implemented a School based Health Center initiative in three locations
Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services
Hartford Public Schools
Hartford, CT
1999 - 2001
Accountable for all operations inherent in a comprehensive student support servi
ces division. Areas of responsibility include special education, attendance, gu
idance, health services, social work, speech language and hearing, psychological
services, parental involvement, family resource centers, career readiness, adul
t and alternative education, extended day/year activities
community based organization and business collaborations and partnerships, disci
pline, and redistricting.
New York City Department of Education
1988 -1999
Acknowledged with a variety of increasingly responsible roles that afforded the
opportunity for a continuum of learning and experience from the school level up
through the Office of the Superintendent. Highlights of accomplishments in New
York include:
Director of Pupil Personnel Services, CSD 6 1998-1999
Executive Administrator, Office of the Superintendent, CSD 12 1997-1998
Assistant Director of Funded Programs, CSD 12 1994-1997
Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, CSD 12 1991-1994
Social Worker, CSD 12 1988-1991

EDUCATION
Ed.D. Education Administration Columbia University A.B.D.
Masters Social Work Fordham University 1988
BA Psychology College of New Rochelle 1986
N/A Graduate School of Education College of New Rochelle 1990-1991

CERTIFICATIONS
State of New York: District Administrator
Administrator/Supervisor
Certified Social Worker
State of Connecticut: 093 Superintendent of Schools
092 Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor
Social Worker