FRANCIS BARAN, ED. D.
First, allow me to express my appreciation to the Scotland Board of Education for the opportunity to lead the Scotland Elementary School District as your superintendent. I have been in public education for the past forty-three years. I began my career as a science teacher at Classical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. I left Springfield for Stafford, Connecticut and my first administrative position as the assistant principal of Stafford High School. From Stafford I moved to the principalship of Valley Regional High School, which serves the towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex Connecticut. After a tenure of seventeen years at Valley Regional High School, I accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Woodstock, Connecticut. The position of superintendent in Scotland is my second superintendency.
Prior to beginning my career in public education, I served for two years and ten months in the United States Army, two years as a commissioned officer. I served a one year tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. I have two daughters and five grandchildren.
There are many callings in life that have the potential to create a positive impact on our society. Police officers and firefighters protect property and human life. Doctors and nurses treat diseases and also save lives. Teachers, however, are among the few professionals who can have a transformative effect on a life. Over the course of a career in education, a teacher can instruct thousands of students, and alter a student’s outlook on the possibilities that life has to offer. It is my honor to serve the people of Scotland and those professionals who work daily to transform the perspectives of their students.
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”