A Connecticut woman has taken the helm at one of the nation’s largest education organizations.

East Lyme Board of Education member Mary Broderick recently was elected president of the National School Boards Association, a nonprofit based in Alexandria, Va.

It represents the governing boards for about 13,000 school district panels that make decisions affecting more than 50 million students nationwide.

Broderick has been an East Lyme school board member since 1989. She’s also sat on state committees reviewing access to pre-kindergarten education, the achievement gap between rich and poor students as well as recruiting and retaining teachers.

She says the priority of every school board must be its students’ success, and that she looks forward to working with education leaders throughout the U.S. on innovative ideas districts can share.


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