•  Colleen Burns Jermain


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    Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent of Schools
    Newport Public Schools, 109 Old Fort Road, Newport, RI  02840-3898

       Welcome to the Newport Public Schools.  I am very pleased you are taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our school district.  Newport is a community rich in history and culture, making our city an international destination and a great place to live. The Newport schools are committed to each and every learner, whether they are gifted and talented or need extra supports, by providing access and opportunity to the best education possible so each child can reach his/her potential and beyond.   Whether it’s math or science, auto technology, the arts and music - Newport offers a wide range of curriculum and course offerings.
       As I reflect on the past few years, I am overwhelmed by the accomplishments of our teachers and staff and energized by the partnerships we have built within the community as well as the state and national level.  Some of the achievements I am most proud of are:
    • Drastic improvement of the district graduation rate;
    • Introduction of high quality STEM programming;
    • Reinvigoration of career and technology pathways;
    • Expansion of Pre-K program;
    • Launch of new Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH).

       As we build on these accomplishments, we will work together to continuously improve the quality of education for all students.

       This year we are excited to introduce a new strategic plan, incorporating the goals of the school district and city as “One Newport.”  
       The plan highlights our goals of a 100% graduation rate, to have all students reading on grade level by grade three, and for Newport Public Schools to become a place where people want to work, students want to learn, and parents want to send their children.
       I encourage you to visit our schools, meet our administrators, and learn more about whom we are and where we are going.  Our doors are always open.  The Newport Public Schools are your schools and we are here to serve you.


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    Colleen Burns Jermain
    Providing Student's Opportunities and Access to the World Through Quality Education


    Contact Ms. Burns Jermain at colleenjermain@npsri.net or (401) 847-2100 Extension 5376

    Colleen Burns Jermain is currently the Superintendent of Newport Public Schools. She has served as Chief of Staff Performance and Technology Integration for the Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Portsmouth, RI and Principal/Superintendent of the Little Compton Schools, RI. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Jermain worked as Tiverton’s first female assistant middle school principal, principal of two elementary schools and teacher in the Tiverton, RI school district.


    Ms. Jermain is co-chair of the Rhode Island Race to the Top Steering Committee, past President of the Rhode Island Superintendent’s Association (RISSA), a founding member of United Providence!- the first educational management organization in the country, a member of the RISSA legislative committee, past Rhode Island representative to the Reform Support Network and State Development Network for School Turnaround (SDN). She is a doctoral candidate at Johnson and Wales University, holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Johnson and Wales University; holds a Master Degree in Administration and BA in history from Providence College.  Most recently she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education program for Change Leadership-Reinventing Leadership in K-12 Education and completed a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School, PELP-Public Education Leadership Project.


    Ms. Jermain is a Newport native and graduate of Rogers High School. She lives in Newport with her husband Tim.