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Hear from Jaqueline Williams about how teacher diversity is creating success for students at Hamden Public Schools.

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Meet Jacqueline Williams

Teacher Ambassador

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Hamden is an engaging place to work and grow as an educator. The rich diversity of our students affords teachers the opportunity to interact with families from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our differences are what make us stronger. I am proud to be a part of a district that collaborates to provide high quality instruction. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of diverse learners which promotes acceptance for all students.


  • 6th Grade Teacher


    • University of New Haven
    • Quinnipiac University


    • Quinnipiac Internship Mentor
    • PBIS Co-Chairperson
    • Equity Committee Co-Chairperson
    • PTA Liaison and Advisor

    Teacher Certification Program

    • University of New Haven

    Why I Teach

    As an African-American woman, it is important for students from all backgrounds to have an opportunity to learn from teachers who are a reflection of them. I became a teacher because I am passionate about building bridges and creating pathways for children to succeed. I strive to form authentic relationships with students. Creating partnerships between home and school help develop a feeling of self-worth, agency, and resiliency. I am inspired by the growth that occurs when children know they have a strong team supporting them. As Dr. James P. Comer once said, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". I hope learning with me will be a springboard to amazing accomplishments in their lives, families, communities. 

    Hamden Public Schools by the numbers

    • 565

      Dedicated Teachers

    • 5,406

      Engaged Learners

    • $44,000

      New Teacher Starting Salary

    About Hamden Public Schools

    • About

      Hamden Public Schools has one of the most diverse student populations in the State of Connecticut with an average elementary student-to-teacher ratio of 18.5 to 1. 

      HPS offers 18 AP courses, 28 varsity sports, a comprehensive World Language Program, a premier DECA program and STEM Academy. More than 70 after-school clubs and activities, a robust Fine and Performing Arts Program, and a state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Program.
      HPS also offers the Seal of Biliteracy, and our students speak more than 40 different languages. Hamden Middle School offers a wide range of courses, from Italian to pre-engineering.

    • Teaching in Hamden Public Schools

      Teaching in Hamden provides an opportunity to teach and learn from students who reflect a wide demographic range. Teachers have the opportunity to lead after-school activities, in addition to coaching one of our varsity sports teams. We also offer a competitive compensation package along with opportunities for professional growth.

      HPS offers an 092 cohort with Southern Connecticut State University that takes place at Hamden Middle School.

    • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

      Our starting salary for teachers with a Masters Degree is $47,700. We offer a Health Savings Account along with a significant board contribution to the deductible. There are many stipend opportunities for athletic coaching, after-school clubs and activities, Curriculum Leaders, Team Leaders and Department Chairpersons. Teachers can take part in the sick bank, and withdraw up to 90 days.

    • For Students

      Commencing the 2020-2021 school year, our students will participate in the Educators Rising Program.

    • Job Opportunities

      If you’re interested in working for Hamden Public Schools, check out our job postings or email ghighsmith@hamden.org

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