This position has been in the making for several months, in response to the need for greater curriculum planning and student data analysis across grades K-12. Ideally suited for this key academic role, Mrs. Sylvestre has served UA with distinction as a high school counselor over the past eight years. She has counseled students in academics, college and career planning, and socioemotional well-being, ultimately preparing them for post-secondary academic work and life goals.
In her new role, Mrs. Sylvestre will focus on K-12 curricular alignment, especially on mapping and scope and sequence, coordinate the use of assessment data to drive decision making, serve as UA’s Title IX Coordinator to ensure inclusion and equity, and support faculty hiring efforts as a member of the soon-to-be faculty hiring team. Mrs. Sylvestre will also work closely with the principals to support hiring teachers who reflect the character values of UA.
Mrs. Sylvestre has a huge heart for equipping others with the mindset and tools to achieve at the highest levels. Before UA, Mrs. Sylvestre worked at The Efficacy Institute, a national not-for-profit education training and consulting organization outside Boston. During her 18 years at The Institute, Mrs. Sylvestre served schools and districts across the country, leading professional development for educators and trainings for parents and students. Specifically, Mrs. Sylvestre worked in curriculum development and trained educators, students, and parents. Her teacher training focused on a method to achieve clear proficiency targets (for each subject at each grade level); a series of assessments to monitor progress towards the year-end targets; and ongoing data analysis to drive strategies for school improvement.
Mrs. Sylvestre holds a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in Social Psychology with a minor in Education and an M.Ed. from Strayer University. She and her husband, Vladimir, are parents to UA graduate Jaden, Class of 2020, who is at Davidson College, as well as Jahmai, a junior at Elon University.
The school will begin an immediate search for a high school counselor and welcomes referrals for this position to Ms. Kelly Brun in the School Counseling Department.