Jennifer Hoffman, Senior Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
Mrs. Hoffman’s more than 20-year career began in Hartford as a special education teacher. Her work in the special education field includes a focus on middle and high school students with diverse backgrounds. Her main focus has always been to build a positive rapport with students and families, while holding high expectations in and out of the classroom. She has continued to support students and families in the roles of assistant principal, principal and director of pupil services. As an instructional leader, she understands the power of creating a systems-approach to leading. In all roles, her goal has always been to create positive connections, while maintaining a supportive and nurturing learning environment, where all students feel safe. Her leadership style has always been to use data to make informed decisions for programming. As an advocate for education equity, Mrs. Hoffman continues to find opportunities for all students to challenge themselves to be lifelong learners.
Prior to her current role overseeing the OSSS, Ms. Hoffman was Hartford Public Schools Special Program Manager for MTSS, where she supervised coordination, implementation, and monitoring of Hartford’s multi-tiered system of support in all schools.
Bachelor of Science, Special Education with Dual Certification in Elementary Education, St. Joseph’s College
Masters of Education for Educational Leadership and a Sixth-Year Degree in Administration, Central Connecticut State University.
As Senior Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, Ms. Hoffman oversees:
Day-to-day Management of the Office of Student Support Services (OSSS) ensuring that the OSSS fulfills its responsibilities of:
- providing educators with support, training, and resources for the full special education continuum
- holding educators accountable to meeting students’ needs
- strategically addressing systemic, districtwide deficiencies and disparities.