NORFOLK — Superintendents Paul Zinni, Ingrid Allardi, David Raiche and Allan Cameron are pleased to announce that Jessica Pepple has been chosen as the first-ever Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the King Philip, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville School districts.
Jessica Pepple will begin this new role on Monday, May 17. In this newly created position, she will lead the King Philip Regional, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville Schools’ efforts to build organizations based on equity, inclusion and belonging for all students, their families, staff and community members.
The creation of this new position was made possible due to the continued efforts of the districts’ Equity Committee, which has worked since the summer of 2019 to address diversity and equity issues in all communities.
In this position, Pepple will seek to create alignment and continuity between districts as they pursue the goal of creating more equitable, just and inclusive learning environments. She will report directly to the four district superintendents and will be a part of the regional administrative leadership team.
“I look forward to working alongside the students and staff across the King Philip, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville School districts to further enhance their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” Pepple said. “In this position I plan to implement school policies with equity being at the forefront of conversations, curriculum and in the relationships we have between staff and students.”
Pepple currently serves as an Assistant Principal at the Browne Middle School in Chelsea. Prior to this position, Pepple worked as an Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach at Prospect Hill Academy where she was responsible for enhancing teacher and student capabilities in reading, science, social studies, French and math. She also worked as a District Instructional Coach for Orange County Public Schools in Florida where she supported the improvement of nine low achieving elementary and middle schools through the creation and implementation of a centralized support system.
Pepple holds a master’s degree in school administration with a specialization in Educational Leadership/Administration from National Louis University and a master’s degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in risk management-insurance from Florida State University and an associate’s degree in business administration from Valencia Community College.
“It is so important for all students to feel safe, welcomed and heard, especially within their school environment,” Superintendent Zinni said. “Having Jessica aboard our team spearheading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within our districts will help to achieve this goal.”