Jan Volpe '76
MS, Elementary Education
After receiving her undergraduate degree at St. John’s University, Dr. Jan Volpe became a houseparent in a residential treatment center for children placed by the New York City courts. She subsequently spent three years teaching second grade while earning her Master of Science degree at WestConn. After graduating in 1976, Volpe became a special education teacher and earned tenure in both residential treatment/special act schools and in public schools in Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York.
After serving as a teacher for seven years, the Spackenkill School District, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., offered her an assistant principal’ position, which she held for two years. From there, she became an elementary school principal and special education director in the Webutuck School District, also in New York. Three years later, Webutuck asked her to take the helm of high school and Volpe performed that job for four years. The Pine Bush School District hired her as its assistant superintendent and she commuted to Orange County for six years and completed her doctorate at Fordham University. In Pine Bush, she headed both the curriculum/instruction department and the personnel functions of the district until 2000. Jan retired last January after spending the last six years as Superintendent of Schools in the Red Hook Central School District in Dutchess County, N.Y.
Unable to leave the field entirely, Volpe began her new position as an
assistant professor in the Education/Educational Psychology Department at
WestConn. In addition to her teaching duties, she also has been named
Coordinator of Student Teaching.