Rene Dickhaut | Principal, The Clifford School
In 1998, Rene started her teaching career at the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a college preparatory urban middle school. She was inspired and driven by the mission to prepare each student for college. In 2007, Rene participated in the KIPP leadership program at Stanford University to develop skills and competencies necessary to succeed as a leader in underserved communities. From 2007 to 2015, she served as principal of the middle school program with 180 middle school students and 20 faculty and staff.
As a school leader with a commitment to supporting urban students reach their true potential, she built, refined and led numerous initiatives at the Academy. She served on the strategic initiative leadership team, created a collective vision for the school and developed a coherent roadmap for ensuring accountability and clearly defined outcomes. She was an active member of the administrative team and worked collaboratively to overhaul the grading approach at the middle and high school level. She worked in conjunction with an intern from the Harvard School of Education to plan, develop and implement studentled conferences. In the 20122013 school year, she developed and lead the Community Service Project for the middle school students. At the end of the first year of the new requirement, 90% of the students completed the minimum requirement and collectively volunteered for approximately 2,900 hours. By instituting the community service requirement, Rene worked to develop more social conscious individuals with a competitive edge in the college admissions process.
Currently, Rene works for The Home for Little Wanderers as the principal of the Clifford School in Walpole, Massachusetts. The Clifford School is a Massachusettsapproved chapter 766 private school serving students with a wide range of behavioral and educational needs. Rene is committed to continual growth as a school leader. She believes the Lynch Leadership program will provide her with the necessary supports to affect change in her new position at the Clifford School.