FRAMINGHAM – The bilingual department in the Framingham Public Schools will honor Gen Grieci with a picnic on Thursday, June 10 at Farm Pond Park. Families are invited.
Grieci is retiring as the district’s Director of the Office of Multilingual Education at the end of this month.
Grieci has devoted the last 31 years of her professional career to serving the needs of Framingham’s culturally and linguistically diverse students in the Framingham Public Schools, as a teacher, department chair, and for the last 11 years in the Central Office as the Assistant Director and finally the Director of the Office of Multilingual Education.
Under her leadership, the Office of Multilingual Education has led the development and expansion of dual language programs, expanded access to translation and interpretations services, and implemented family engagement programming such as the Home Visits program which has helped to foster stronger more authentic relationships with students and families.
“In our short time together, I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to work alongside Ms. Grieci and to better understand and embrace multilingual education,” said Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools Bob Tremblay in january when her retirement was announced. “Because of her leadership and vision, we’ve been able to expand our dual language offerings in the District, both in Spanish and Portuguese, furthering Framingham’s already strong reputation in the world of multilingual education. Though she will be sorely missed in the Framingham Public Schools, she has left a lasting impression and has built an incredibly strong foundation upon which we continue to build.”
“It has been a privilege to work with so many wonderful school and district leaders over the years and collaborate with educators from all schools, departments, and subject areas. I have learned so much from everyone and still, there is a lot to learn. In each of my positions, my decisions have always been made with students in mind first and foremost: ‘What does this mean for students, families, teachers, and school communities?’ I am particularly proud of all of the efforts to shift the mindset that English learners bring value, that their language and culture are assets and not deficits, and that it is all of our responsibility to ensure a consistent educational experience for each of them no matter which program or the school they are in,” said Grieci.
“Through her many years of service to Framingham Public Schools, Gen has left an indelible mark on the lives of thousands of students, teachers, staff, and families,” said Jennifer LaBollita, Assistant Director in the Office of Multilingual Education. “Gen’s steadfast advocacy and tireless work on behalf of our Multilingual Learners and their families leaves an incredible legacy. She is a true leader that elevates everyone around her and we will miss her warmth, compassion, and generosity. We wish Gen the very best in her retirement and know that her vision of excellence in Multilingual Education will continue.”
“Gen’s contributions to multilingual education will have a lasting impact on this district for years to come,” said Anne Ludes, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. “Her tireless efforts to expand language learning opportunities across the district and her unwavering advocacy for students and families have been an inspiration to us all. We are sincerely grateful to all that she has done for this district.”