About the Board

The Board of Education includes four elected and five appointed individuals; together, they are responsible for top-level, district-wide decisions that affect the direction and progress of our schools.

Five Core Beliefs

  1. We believe all students can learn at or above grade level.
  2. We believe that the achievement gap must and can be eliminated, by all students reaching their learning potential.
  3. We believe schools have an enormous impact on students’ lives.
  4. We believe that all parents must be empowered to play an active role in their students’ education.
  5. We believe that community collaboration is fundamental to achieving and sustaining excellence.

Board News & Updates

How to Watch the Virtual Special Board of Education Meeting 3/24/20

Below please find a link to the video from the Special Board of Education meeting which was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., virtually. Watch the meeting at the link below. (The agenda packet is on BoardDocs: https://www.boarddocs.com/ct/hartford/Board.nsf/Public) https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=YIy2lfGO3Eg&feature=youtu.be

Board Members

Ayesha R. Clarke, Chair

Ayesha R. Clarke, was born in the city of Hartford and educated in the Hartford and East Hartford Public School Systems.  She has a Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Practice from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Benedictine University and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Ayesha is a member of the Citadel of Love and a member of the Greater Hartford NAACP and the Black Association of Social Workers.


Shontá Browdy, Vice-Chair

Shontá Browdy is a Hartford native and proud mother of two children who currently are being educated in the Hartford Public School system. Shontá has served on School Governance Councils, PTO’s and facilitated many education forums across the city. For years her advocacy work has been centered on children receiving an education that will equip them for a successful life and for families to better understand the educational system. She is a member of the Greater Hartford NAACP and currently serves as the Education Committee chair and Co-Advisor of the Youth Council.


Kimberly D. Oliver, Second Vice Chair

Kim Oliver was born, raised, and is currently a resident of the North End of Hartford. She is a proud graduate of Hartford Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Art degree in Economics from Yale University and a Master degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kim has a deep commitment to Hartford and actively participates in several non-profit, community-based organizations. Most notably, Kim was a community member of the Hartford Public Schools’ design team for High School, Inc., a 9-12 theme school aligned with Connecticut’s Insurance & Financial Services Cluster and the National Academy Foundation.


Karen Taylor, Secretary

Karen Taylor is a parent and longtime resident of Hartford’s North End.  She has elementary school aged twins who attend a Hartford magnet school. Karen is a member of the Sheff Movement Coalition and the Greater Hartford NAACP. She is a proud graduate of Weaver High School and Trinity College’s IDP program. As a former Hartford public school student and current parent of school aged children in the city, Karen is committed to supporting opportunities and excellence in education for Hartford children. She is most passionate about utilizing schools as a vehicle to improve quality of life, self-awareness, and civic engagement.


David R. Jimenez

David R. Jimenez is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut office of the national law firm, Jackson Lewis PC, and is the Co-Chair of firm’s Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations Practice Group. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he was the Vice President of Employee Relations and Associate General Counsel of The Hartford Insurance Group, a global multi-line insurance company. Mr. Jimenez is member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Texas state Bar Associations. He also is a former member of the American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the American Leadership Forum, and the Barrister Inns of Court. He completed a two-year appointment as liaison to the ABA’s national Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.


Philip Rigueur

Philip Rigueur is Vice President for Enterprise Transformation at Hartford Healthcare, and was previously the Head of Transformative Markets Sales Effectiveness and Distribution for CVS Health/Aetna.  As a sales executive, Phil has held leadership positions in sales management, strategy and product development for Aetna for the past 13 years.


Craig Stallings

Craig Stallings

Mr. Stallings has been a PTO president at two Hartford schools and was coordinator of the original governance council at Thirman Milner School. He has three children in the Hartford Public Schools. He has been co-owner and marketing manager for the Stallings Tax Service since 2006, as well as having worked out of the home as a customer service representative for Tele Tech, contracted to work for Bank of America. A graduate of Weaver High School, he has attended Capital and Manchester Community Colleges and the University of Hartford.