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Jonathan was hired by the Sanborn Regional School District in 1999 as a fifth grade teacher.  Jon worked as a fifth grade teacher for six years before pursuing administration.  In 2005, Jonathan assumed the role of the assistant principal and special education coordinator for Memorial School.  Upon his predecessor’s retirement in 2008, Jon was hired as the Principal of Memorial School.

Jon lives with his wife Stephanie and three young children on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.  After serving as a sergeant for three years in the United States Army Honor Guard in the Presidential Salute Battery, Jon received a BA in History (’98) and M. Ed. in Elementary Education (’99) from the University of New Hampshire.  Jonathan has also attained his Ed. S. in Educational Administration and Supervision (’10), and holds Elementary Education, Principal, and Superintendent certification in the State of New Hampshire.

Jonathan is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and New Hampshire Association of School Principals (NAESP and NHASP) as well as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Jonathan has presented at multiple local, state and national conferences on topics related to competency-based grading, enhancing teacher leaders in schools, maximizing collaboration of staff through highly functioning Professional Learning Communities, and providing tiered instruction for learners of varying abilities. Jonathan may be followed on Twitter: @jvanderels


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  1. Loved your post about another “brick in the wall.” My school is embarking on the same journey to enhance our students’ writing skills. I’m inspired by the work you’ve done. Is there a particular book by Lucy Calkins that guided you team?


    • Hi Lisa. Thanks for your feedback. Our school utilizes the Units of Study to guide our writing instruction. There are a number of resources available within the Units to assist teachers through this process. The wall is something that really increases our assessment literacy as a staff and provides opportunities to have vertical discussions about student work. Good luck, and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. -Jon


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