Our lived experiences define a great deal about us and inform our beliefs, values, and lens through which we see the world. At times it can change our perspectives and even our feelings about events. As I think of ways to bring to life our work for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I am reminded more every day of how extremely reflective and personal this work is and how global the impact of the work.
As we do this work, we are challenged every day to reflect on everything we do and inquire how does this message, statement, reality and or reflective space impact others around us? What are the points of view that I am not considering and how do I include them in the conversation?
In May we celebrated an array of events in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Mental health Month; International Worker’s Day, Eid AL-FITR. Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, World Day of Cultural Diversity, Memorial Day, and more. I attended Patriotic Day at Riverfield, the Latinos in Action Conference and the Spring into Action event. Thanks to Joelle Kilcourse, Library Media Specialist, for creating this site to share resources with the community,
As we now celebrate Pride month, Juneteenth, moving up ceremonies, and graduations, let us take the time to listen to each other’s stories. It will help us make more connections and build more relationships along our journey. Congratulations to the Class of 2022: eyes have not seen, and ears have not heard all that you will be able to accomplish in your lifetime. A special shout-out to those students receiving honors, those who are first generation college students, and those graduating with the CT Seal of Biliteracy! It is important to celebrate your accomplishments, and the family and friends who helped you through. Be proud of yourself, y para adelante mi gente!
Digna A. Marte, MRP, MDiv., MBA, (she/her/ella)
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dear FPS Community,
Beginnings and endings are times to express our gratitude. September is a time of new beginnings and promises to be kept. June is a time of taking stock and reflecting on what we have accomplished and the work ahead. For students in PK, grades 5 and 8, and especially for our graduates, it is also a time of transition to new challenges. On behalf of the Fairfield Public Schools community, I wish our graduates the very best. Their sense of justice, of community, and of belief in themselves bodes well for them, and for all of us. We are proud of what you have become. You will carry us with you.
For a number of our staff this is also a time of transition. We are nearing 40 teacher retirements. They are joined by many paraeducators and other support staff. Each person has left their mark on the students they have taught and helped along the way and the colleagues with whom they collaborated and built friendships. The knowledge and experience they take with them as they leave is not replaceable and it falls on our returning and new staff to continue the legacy of Fairfield Public Schools. Even as we continue to adapt to new challenges and learning opportunities. Change is difficult at times. It is also inevitable and educators and school systems that thrive take advantage of change to become stronger.
I am honored to be in the ‘graduating class’ of retirees this year. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as Superintendent in Fairfield. The commitment and care shown by our staff, and our community, to the well-being and education of our children, is beyond any measure. I am forever grateful to everyone who worked through the past two years with concern and compassion for the students and I will remain forever proud of your work.
I end this message the way I started, full of gratitude for the great gift I have been given, to work in education for these past 36 years. I am the beneficiary of every student, parent, and staff member with whom I have ever worked. I leave knowing that the work is unfinished but that commitment of the FPS staff to do what is best for students is strong and resilient. There is no further proof than the work they have done for the past 2 years.
I wish you, and your families, all the best.