July 10, 2021

Episode 77: Unlock The Middle

Join host Alfonso Mendoza in a conversation with Massachusetts principals and podcast hosts of Unlock the Middle, Dean Packard, and Chris Starczewski.   We will be talking about their current role as principals and how they work to build a culture of excellence in their schools.

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Chris Starczewski

At home, I am a member of "Team Star"; a party of 5 (amazing wife who is a rockstar educator, two amazing daughters, and one amazing son) plus two dogs. I kick back and relax at the Team Star Clubhouse whenever I can, fly fish, golf, and enjoy the simple things. I am always game to read a recommended book title about education or pleasure read (I am a big Stephen King fan).
At work, I am the proud principal (Lead Learner) at Dudley Middle School (grades 5-8) in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District in Massachusetts. In my role, I enjoy seeing our students grow and make gains over time (the idea of continuous improvement is what our educational game is all about) and I enjoy working with / supporting our educators with implementing best practice strategies and/or taking risks with authentic and innovative ideas.
Driven in a pursuit to continually be better and improve, I focus on John Wooden's definition of success: "Success is having peace of mind in knowing that you have given the very best of which you are capable of giving." ~ John Wooden.

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Dean Packard

The Packard household is a place where everything starts. My wife Kate runs the show behind the scenes - and she's also an education guru. I have three wonderful kids: Brooke, Abigail & John. All four have the "It Factor" and make me a better person each day. I also have two dogs: Princess & Rocco. In my spare time, I like to exercise, fish, read, and find ways to become better.
I am excited to be entering my 28th year in education - my 18th year at Charlton Middle School as an administrator. My journey in education has been very rewarding. I spent 10 years teaching history in high school and coaching boys' varsity basketball. I have also spent the last 18 years in administration at Charlton Middle School 7 as an assistant principal and the last 11 as principal. Every day is a gift as I have the greatest job in the world.
Let's build something great together!