Office of the Superintendent

Portrait Photo of Lorrie Rodrigue

                       Lorrie Rodrigue

Dear Region 12 Community,

I am excited to be working again in Region 12, a system that cares deeply for students and provides access to innovative academic, artistic, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pathways. Over the years, the school community has strived to support personalization and created new programs that empower students to set challenging goals, discover their passion, and achieve success.

Our practices are aligned with the district’s mission statement: The Region 12 community educates, challenges, and inspires all learners to become compassionate, creative, and courageous individuals who are empowered by the knowledge, character, and perseverance to achieve their greatest potential within the global society.” As Interim Superintendent, I intend to ensure teaching and learning continues to foster the development of inquiry, communication, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking - skills that are integral to success in the world beyond the classroom. These are the cornerstones of a highly effective education system.

At the elementary level, our students are able to work in small settings and get the support that is paramount to achieving success as readers, writers, and thinkers.  Our elementary multi-age program has helped offset smaller enrollment, while capitalizing on opportunities for student discovery and collaboration. Our goal is to ensure consistency of expectations among the three elementary schools so our youngest students have access to shared academic experiences and are equitably prepared when they move on to Shepaug Valley School.

Shepaug Valley School prides itself on the multitude of opportunities it offers middle and high school learners. From the core subject areas in humanities, math, science, and social studies to world language, the arts and agriculture, students are able to pursue their interests and build on their strengths. The Senior Project, a graduation requirement for all students, has long been a point of pride for Region 12 students and staff. The Senior Project enables students to demonstrate what they  know and can do, addressing both their developmental and emotional needs as learners. This has provided a personalized learning experience that showcases students’ skills in authentic contexts. 

In the fall of 2022, our Agriscience Academy at Shepaug Valley School will now serve students in grades 9-12, both for students in our own district and from neighboring towns. The new director, Tyler Cremeans, is enthusiastic about his new role and brings to Region 12 a wealth of agricultural education experience and knowledge. This year, we are hoping to finalize the details in welcoming four new champion mini-horses to the program, and students continue to access state-of-the-art technologies to learn about farming practices, biotechnologies, veterinary skills, and crop engineering.

We are so proud of our school district and the ongoing efforts by staff, leaders, parents and the community in providing enriching experiences for all our learners.  Feel free to explore our programs and services outlined on our website, and you may reach out to me at my email address:


    Name Contact Information
    Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
    Interim Superintendent of Schools


    twitter: @r12_super

    Debby Bliven
    Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools