JPS Appoints Coordinator of Student Support Services
Jamestown Public Schools is happy to announce the appointment of Tamu Reinhardt as the Coordinator of Student Support Services. Mrs. Reinhardt started in the position on July 1st. The Coordinator of Student Support Services is responsible for providing expert leadership that includes monitoring and supporting a vision that encompasses a comprehensive student services plan in accordance with laws and regulations over all areas assigned within the department that lead to academic, social, and emotional success for all students.
“Central to this position is the well-being of students,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “This position represents our commitment to the support and care of our students, especially this year as many students struggle upon returning to full-time, in-person schooling. We were so happy to be able to fill this re-imagined, existing position with someone who is able to keep students at the center, and go the extra mile for them in making sure they are heard, represented, and supported.”
Mrs. Reinhardt’s responsibilities will also include:
- Collaborating to ensure all children have access to opportunity regardless of the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual orientation, the language they speak or their religion, or socioeconomic background.
- Addressing inequities and helping every student to equitable access learning opportunities in school to enable them all to thrive.
- Acknowledging the presence of culturally diverse students and the need for students to find relevant connections and;
- Assisting the District to develop the individual and organizational knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices to create culturally responsive learning and working environments.
Mrs. Reinhardt has also been a staff development specialist with Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, a Spanish teacher at Falconer Central Schools, a school and district improvement facilitator for WestED, an adjunct instructor at JCC, and a curriculum and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at JPS.
Most recently, Mrs. Reinhardt was a senior consultant with Battle and Banner Consulting where she was a qualified administrator and trainer in Intercultural Development Inventory and helped develop and deliver implicit bias, equity and diversity training within Chautauqua County, assist local law enforcement municipalities with development and implementation of strategic plans and policy pursuant to police reform, collaborate with local Department of Development, Small Business Center and local agencies and foundations to create an incubator program for minority and women-owned business development, identify minority and women entrepreneurs to participate in the program, recruit business owners to assist with mentoring program participants, seek out grant programs for minority and women owned businesses and collaborate with local agencies supporting training and workforce development in effort to increase marketing and communication to local communities of color.
Mrs. Reinhardt received her Masters of Arts in Public Relations from Ball State University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds her NYS School District Administration Certification, NYS Permanent Teacher Certification and Cornell University Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion.
Mrs. Reinhardt is currently a member of the Jamestown City Council, Chair of the City of Jamestown Police Reform and Reinvention Committee, Board Member and Chair of Advocacy Committee for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a member of the New York State School Administrators Association of New York State.
“Ensuring that all JPS students receive an equitable education is paramount to graduating productive and committed citizens within our community,” said Mrs. Reinhardt. “All students, from our highest achieving to those who experience academic or social emotional challenges deserve to engage in a school system that works to meet their needs. This is a district and community responsibility. I look forward to working internally with staff and students, as well as parents, community members and organizations, and prospective employers to identify, develop, and maintain the amazing potential of our students.”