With little or no fanfare, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, has picked Shannon Marimon to serve as the Director for Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning at the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Shannon Marimon’s job will be to oversee Connecticut’s new Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning Program.
Although Marimon lacks any meaningful classroom or teaching experience, she is a proven member of the corporate education reform aficionados’ club.
The new position is probably one of the top three or four most important positions in the Connecticut Department of Education.
While Marimon was hired by Pryor and started on August 31, 2013 with a starting salary of $110,145.00.
She was promoted by Pryor to her new Director’s position on November 29, 2013 with a new salary of $136,141.00
The job was officially posted in June 2013 with a closing date less than 30 days later.
According to the legal job posting, the Minimum Experience and Training Required was for “an earned advanced degree and eleven (11) years of professional experience in the field of education or related areas.”
According to the job posting, it was also required that “At least one (1) year of the professional experience must have been in a managerial capacity in an educational agency, organization, system or school.”
Now, as you watch the bouncing ball, note that although one can’t imagine that Pryor was trying to “doctor” the job posting, the advertisement did include the rather odd addition that, “A 092 Certificate (Intermediate Administrator), or 093 Certificate (Superintendent), Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership, or an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership) may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience” and “An advanced degree and five (5) years of managerial experience in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service may substitute for the General Experience and the Special Experience.”
So, on the one hand the job posting required an advanced degree and 11 years of professional experience while the fine print apparently lowered the level of experience to an advanced degree and five years of managerial experience in just about anything related to a school or service.
So who was finally selected for this critically important and coveted role?
Shannon Marimon, who has served for just over a year in Pryor’s operation, has now been promoted to the job that that will pay between $117,084 and $149,403 a year plus benefits.
The “only” issue is that Marimon’s professional experience is somewhere between none and three or four years at the most.
In fact, she doesn’t even come close to having the experience that was legally mandated in the job posting.
And perhaps the most important fact of all is that she has no meaningful teaching experience and yet is now serving as the Director for Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning for the State of Connecticut.
Marimon graduated from the Yale School of Management in 2010.
Before that, in 2007 – 2008, she served as the Assistant Director of Development at the Yale School of Art.
In 2009, Marimon served as a summer intern for the National Park Service were she was based in the Washington DC Commercial Services Program.
From September 2010 – October 2011 Marimon worked for thirteen months for the education reform consulting company called TNTP (The New Teacher Project) in Brooklyn, New York and Ann Arbor Michigan. Her job was to help “ensure smooth, successful launch of technology, marketing and recruitment campaigns.”
From January 2012 – August 2012, Marimon continued to work for the same education reform consulting group for another eight months, this time working in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Brooklyn, New York. In this position she, “Managed alternate-route certification contracts for Milwaukee Public Schools and Arizona statewide initiative,” was “Responsible for the goal-setting and official launch process of all new TNTP Academy contracts, working closely with state and city Departments of Education, including Georgia, Pittsburgh, PA, and Charlotte, NC,” and “Maintained high-level client relationships to ensure investment and support of data-driven work.”
In none of those positions did she spend any significant amount of time teaching in a classroom.
Yet despite her utter lack of experience, Marimon was hired by Connecticut Commissioner Stefan Pryor in August 2012 to serve as an Education Consultant at the Connecticut State Department of Education.
And last month, despite the fact that the job posting sought someone with at least 11 years of relevant experience, Marimon, with her one year of experience in the State Department of Education, was promoted to her new role as the State Department’s Director for Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning.
The leadership of the Connecticut Public School Superintendents Association may claim all is well in the Land of Oz, but they’d be hard pressed to claim that someone with no teaching experience and virtually no management experience should be in charge of the State of Connecticut new Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning Program.
Are you telling me that out of 45,000 public school teachers, 8,000 public school administrators and hundreds of world-class education professionals working at Connecticut’s institutions of higher education there was no not a single person better prepared to develop and implement Connecticut’s new Educator Effectiveness system?