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As superintendent of the Ellington Public Schools, Dr. Scott Nicol is proud to co-create with students, teachers, parents, administrators and the community to build a culture of learning that challenges and inspires all students on their personalized educational journey. Before he came to Ellington in 2015, Dr. Nicol served as the Executive Director of Performance Management for the Hartford Public Schools. He has served as a principal for Regional School District #13 (Durham and Middlefield), an assistant principal for the Vernon Public Schools, and a history teacher for Regional School District #8 (Hebron, Andover and Marlborough). A graduate of nearby Rockville High School, Dr. Nicol received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Nicol resides in Portland with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Carson and Reese.

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Dear Ellington Family -

Controversial matters – such as Presidential Elections and other societal issues – have been taught in classrooms for decades. This is not new. Our responsibility is to ensure Ellington students develop the skills to passionately advocate for their beliefs while adhering to the Seeds of Civility, our standards for promoting a fair exchange of ideas.

The Ellington educator's role - as modeled by a non-partisan Board of Education - is to skillfully facilitate and ensure our personal biases remain just that – personal.

As discussed at the September 23, 2020 Board of Education meeting, here is a video and position statement on Ellington educators' biased free approach to teaching and learning about controversial issues.

Video:Teaching & Learning About Controversial Issues
Position Statement:Teaching & Learning About Controversial Issues
Document:Seeds of Civility

With great appreciation to teachers Edith Vibert-Johnson, Lynn Ouellet, and Delvine Coachman, Student Board of Education Representative Ayushman Choudry, and Principal Dr. Sue Nash-Ditzel for their contributions.

Dr. Scott V. Nicol, Superintendent of Schools

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