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Alan Addley is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Superintendent Award given by the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education Alumni Board. Addley was recognized on March 18 at the Neag School’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony in Storrs.
Addley received his Ed.D. from UConn’s Neag School of Education in 2014. Prior to this, Addley earned his Connecticut Intermediate Administrator Certification in 1997 and a Connecticut Superintendent certificate from the Executive Leadership Program in 2007, both from the Neag School. Addley received a bachelor of science degree in education and mathematics from the New University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 1984 and a master of science degree in education from Western Connecticut State University in 1993. He currently serves as the superintendent of Granby Public Schools, where he has been since 2008.
“Dr. Addley is a true professional in every sense of the word,” says Joseph P. Macary, superintendent of Vernon Public Schools. “Numerous aspiring and early-career superintendents have been mentored by Alan, both formally and informally, on how to be a successful district leader. Alan is a role model for students, teachers and administrators to aspire for excellence in the field of education.”
As superintendent of Granby Public Schools, Addley is the chief executive officer for the school district, serving four schools and 1,850 students. He advises the Granby Board of Education on matters of policy, finance, teaching and learning and on district operations.
Prior to being superintendent, his experience includes working as the director of studies for Rumsey Hall Soccer School in Washington, Conn., overseeing academic life starting in 1988. In 1993, Addley served as the math department chair at the Gunnery School in Washington, Conn., and in 1994, became the acting math department chair at Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, Conn. He became vice principal of Watertown High School in 1996 and assistant principal in 1997 at Hazelwood Integrated College in Northern Ireland. In 1998, Addley returned to Connecticut and began working as assistant principal of Granby Memorial High School. Addley became principal of GMHS in 2001, where he implemented a professional-learning-community model for school improvement that has resulted in a significant increase in student achievement and increased program opportunities for all students.
During the past decade, Addley has presented at national conferences and has worked with school districts across the state and nation on professional learning communities, leadership and school improvement.
“Dr. Addley is highly regarded as one of the best superintendents in Connecticut,” says Anthony Distasio, superintendent of Hartland Public Schools. “With his leadership, the Granby school system has excelled. He has demonstrated his leadership at various levels in public education.”
As president of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, Addley is a strong advocate for public education and equity of educational opportunity for all Connecticut students.