Superintendent’s Cabinet

The Superintendent's Cabinet is the team that oversees the way our Strategic Operating Plan and other guiding principles are put into action. Each person in the cabinet has an area of strength that corresponds to the various demands of running a school district as large and diverse as Hartford's.

Cabinet Members


Office of the Superintendent

About the Office of the Superintendent
The Office of the Superintendent provides vision and strategic direction for the systemic work of Hartford Public Schools. The Office is responsible for: 
  • Fostering a culture of leadership, teaching, learning and reflection throughout the district 
  • Creating and implementing systems, processes and practices necessary for alignment and coherence among the many aspects of our work.
  • Developing and leveraging governance structures to establish and strengthen internal and external collaboration and partnerships.

Read more about Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent of Schools



Dr. Gislaine Ngounou is an education leader and a social justice activist. Born and raised in Cameroon, she immigrated to the United States to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Through her work with the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, she discovered her true calling: to dedicate her life’s work to improving opportunities and outcomes for young people and communities, especially those that have been marginalized and underserved. Dr. Ngounou believes in the power of education, organizing, teamwork, narrative and self-empowerment--to help individuals and communities transform themselves, and to bring about a more socially just world.
Prior to joining Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Ngounou served as a doctoral resident to the Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland where she worked directly with the senior leadership team to improve collaboration, culture and functioning at the senior level. She was also involved in strategic efforts to improve family and community engagement, and middle school redesign initiatives. Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Ngounou has served as a teacher, instructional coach, youth development specialist and academic program director in Kansas City Missouri, and has worked in consulting and coaching capacities with educational systems and organizations nationally and internationally. She holds Bachelor, Masters and Administration degrees from the University of Missouri System, as well as a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Ngounou is proud to call herself a Hartford resident, and is committed to making a difference through her service and leadership to students, families and staff throughout our community.

Dr. Gislaine Ngounou

Chief of Staff

(860) 695-8425


  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • M.A.T., Education, University of Missouri Central
  • Ed. Spec., Education Administration, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Ed.L.D., Education and Leadership, Harvard University


Office of Academics

About the Office of Academics
The Office of Academics has a relentless focus on improving teaching and learning across all content areas and grade levels. Under the leadership of the Chief Academic Officer, the Academics team will focus on the delivery of curriculum and services to meet the needs of our diverse learners to achieve academic success.The Office of Academics is responsible for: 
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Early Literacy
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Research


As Chief Academic Officer, Kathleen England oversees the Offices of Curriculum and Instruction, English Language Learners, Early Literacy, and College and Career Readiness.  Prior to moving into this position, Ms. England served as a Portfolio Director in the Hartford Public Schools; working to improve instructional leadership capacity and student achievement at eight Hartford schools.

A passionate advocate for educational equity, Ms. England has had several opportunities to impact change in education.  As Deputy Superintendent in Windham, Connecticut, she helped initiate the portfolio strategy of reform, working to improve student achievement and eliminate achievement gaps.  She also has school turnaround experience, having significantly improved achievement and closed achievement gaps at an elementary school in Manchester, Connecticut.  During her career as an educator, Ms. England has served as a teacher, Reading Recovery ™ Teacher Leader, literacy consultant and policy writer for the Connecticut State Department of Education and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut.  She has done numerous local, state and national presentations about literacy and cultural competence. Ms.  England holds Bachelor, Masters and Administration degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Kathleen England

Chief Academic Officer

(860) 695-8833


  • B.A., Education, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut

Office of Communications and Partnerships

About the Office of Communications and Partnerships
The Office of Communications and Partnerships serves the entire Hartford Public Schools district with a focus on building communications capacity across the organization,, supporting transparency, and enabling the use of technology/social media and other innovative communication practices.
  • Strategic Communications – The Strategic Communications group manages the district’s internal and external communications efforts. The team is responsible for providing strategic communications counsel and support to Central Office and schools through the planning, production, and dissemination of printed and electronic materials and methods. We provide support in the following key areas:
    • Media Relations
    • Branding
    • Web and Print Design
    • Intranet and Internet
    • Major Events
    • Photographic & Video Services
    • Social Media
  • Partnerships
We connect families, community, business, and philanthropic partners in the support of students and schools throughout the district. Through the alignment of family and community engagement, community partnerships, and strategic partnership planning and development, we seek to build collective capacity to advance our shared goals. Key areas of focus include:
  • Family and Community Engagement
    • Welcome Center
    • Families and Youth in Transition and Homeless Services
    • School Governance Councils and PTOs
    • Family Engagement Programming   
  • Strategic Partnership Planning and Development
    • Hartford Partnership for Student Success and Community Schools 
    • District Internship Program
    • College and Career Partnerships
    • Hartford Promise
    • Campaign for Grade Level Reading 
    • After School Programming 
  • Fund Development
    • Private, federal and state grants
    • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
    • Nellie Mae Education Foundation Grant



Prior to taking on the role of Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer, Deidre served as Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Development for Hartford Public Schools where she oversaw institutional advancement activities including strategic and program planning, internal and external communications, district events, as well as fund development and grants management.
Deidre has worked for over 25 years in, and with, many of Hartford’s nonprofit and community-based organizations as a staff leader and consultant overseeing educational programming, community relations, marketing and communications, organizational development, fundraising, operations and board governance.  She served as Executive Director of Tunxis Community College Foundation, Executive Director of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation and held several positions at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in the areas of marketing, education, community, government, and corporate relations.
A graduate of St. Michael’s College and the University of Hartford, Deidre studied in Madrid, Spain and taught English as a TEFL Instructor in Portugal. She is a Board member of Hartford Performs, and serves as Board Member and Past Chair of the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation in Bristol. She has served on the St. Michael’s College Board of Trustees and National Alumni Board. 
Deidre resides in her hometown of Bristol with her husband, Frank, and their three children.

Deidre Tavera

Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer

(860) 695-8737


  • B.A., Psychology, St. Michael’s College
  • M.A., Communication, University of Hartford

Office of Finance

About the Office of Finance
The Office of Finance creates an environment and systems that enhance the use of financial and performance information in decision-making that best serves students and ensures a high-level of public accountability. The Office of Finance has several divisions, each with different responsibilities. They include:
  • Accounting and Disbursements Division
  • Budget Services and Planning Division
  • Risk Management and Insurance Services Division
  • Business Services and Systems Division
Paula Altieri


Paula Altieri serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Hartford Public Schools. With nearly two decades of public and private financial management expertise, Ms. Altieri came to the Hartford Public Schools’ with a strong background in finance, administration, and innovation in management. Ms. Altieri earlier served in the capacity of Budget Director for the Hartford Public Schools from 1999 to 2006.
One of Ms. Altieri’s first charges as Chief Financial Officer was the introduction and development of a new student-centered budgeting methodology known as Weighted Student Funding. This “money follows the student approach” has garnered state and national recognition and, for the first time in Hartford’s history, enabled the alignment and equitable allocation of district resources to schools and students. Ms. Altieri’s leadership, innovative practices and problem solving skills reflects Hartford’s commitment of supporting our diverse portfolio of schools and contributes to the significant progress we have made in closing the achievement gap for Hartford students.
Prior to joining the Hartford Public Schools, Ms. Altieri served as a senior manager in the insurance and medical industry. Ms. Altieri is a certified School Business Administrator with the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Ms. Altieri resides in Meriden with her husband and two children. 

Paula Altieri

Chief Financial Officer

(860) 695-8472


  • B.A., Finance, Post University
  • M.A., Accounting and Taxation, University of Hartford

Office of Talent Management and Labor Relations

About the Office of Talent Management and Labor Relations
Central to the Office of Talent Management and Labor Relations' work is partnership with school principals to improve student learning by attracting, developing, and retaining high-quality teaching talent. 
The Office of Talent Management and Labor Relations, in partnership with School Governance Councils, ensures that an effective leader leads each school, and that each leader has the support to develop and retain highly qualified teachers — from recruitment to induction and ultimately through their career path development. Members of the team work to employ effective, efficient, and collaborative processes and systems for staffing of qualified educational personnel; collection and communication of employee performance data; guidance and support with performance management; and recruitment, induction, and retention of new talent. The Office of Talent Management supports schools in the following areas:
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Assignment and Staffing
  • Preparation and Licensure
  • Induction
  • Information Management
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Professional Development
  • Differentiation and Career Management
  • Performance Management
Jill Cutler Hodgman


Jill Cutler Hodgman started working directly for the Hartford Public Schools in 2002 with responsibility for the labor and employment work for the district.  In 2010, she became the Chief Labor and Legal Officer as the district separated its labor work from its talent management function. Prior to joining the Hartford Public Schools, she worked for the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, focusing her practice on school law.

Jill Cutler Hodgman, Esq.

Chief Labor and Legal Officer



  • B.A., Psychology, Cornell University
  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law

Office of Operations

About the Office of Operations
The mission of the Office of School Operations is to ensure that every Hartford school site receives support and guidance toward creating and maintaining a safe and caring environment that supports learning and achievement. The Operations Department exists to provide friendly, courteous and reliable information and service in the areas of school operations listed below. It is our desire to facilitate an efficient and responsive educational support system for the students, parents, employees and citizens of Hartford Public Schools. The Office is composed of the following divisions:
  • Facilities 
  • Food & Nutrition 
  • Health Services 
  • Operations, Athletics and Special Programs 
  • Print and Mailroom 
  • Security 
  • Transportation 

Office of School Improvement

About the Office of School Improvement
The Office of School Improvement develops the leadership capacity of principals and supports the implementation of school improvement efforts. Under a coordinated service model, teams of central office staff work under the leadership of the Chief School Improvement Officer and the Associate Superintendents for Instructional Leadership. Through their efforts, principals receive professional development and differentiated support to improve student outcomes. The School Improvement Office oversees the following school-based services:
  • General Education Program
  • Special Education
  • Intervention 
  • School Climate
  • New Visions
  • Adult Education


Jonathan Swan has spent his entire educational career dedicated to urban education.  Mr. Swan began his career in education as a high school history teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts.  After spending time teaching History and Social Studies at the high school and then middle school level, he went on to become a middle school assistant principal, and middle school principal.  As a middle school principal, Mr. Swan gained experience in school turnaround.   During this time, he led a team of educators in improving student performance for four consecutive years.  Since Joining the Hartford Public Schools in 2010, Jonathan has worked in various capacities including: Assistant Director of School Design, the Director of Elementary Education, and Portfolio Director. As the Assistant Director of School Design, Mr. Swan worked on the redesigns of Moylan, McDonough, Renzulli, Naylor, and other schools. 
In his current role as the Chief School Improvement Officer, Mr. Swan is dedicated to improving teaching and learning for all students by supporting and developing the instructional leadership capacity of school leaders as a key lever in the school improvement process. 

Jonathan Swan

Chief School Improvement Officer

(860) 695-8860


  • B.S., History/Secondary Education, Springfield College
  • M.Ed., Education Administration, Springfield College