After 17 years of dedicated service as the superintendent for the Londonderry School District, Nate Greenberg will be retiring from his position, leaving behind a school system that has improved dramatically since he first began his journey here.
His interest in education began far before his time in Londonderry. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Greenberg first sought a career in education with some encouragement from friends and family members who were teachers. Upon receiving his BS in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, he began teaching fourth and sixth-graders in Deacon, New York, while also pursuing his MS in Elementary Education and Behavioral Science and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Administration from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
Greenberg eventually evolved beyond teaching into various administrative positions, starting as an assistant principal for Squadron Line Elementary in Simsbury, Connecticut in the 70’s before becoming a principal in Glastonbury, Connecticut and soon moving into the position of assistant superintendent of the Exeter School District. Full-fledged superintendent positions were made available to him in the 90’s in both Portsmouth and an area right outside of Phoenix, Arizona, the latter of which allowed him to be closer to his parents.
Finally settling down as the superintendent for Londonderry in 2000, Greenberg had already taken a great deal from his experiences across New England and even Arizona, but he noted that no matter what point he was at in his career, there was always more experience to gain, stating that “every step of the way, you begin to learn more and more.”
As he continued to grow alongside the school district, he helped establish a diverse list of additions and improvements to Londonderry’s schools. He is proudest of Londonderry High School’s adult education program, which has helped over 600 students avoid leaving high school without a proper education since its first implementation.
Amongst his other accomplishments are his expansions of the special education programs, the dual credits system that allows students to earn college credits while in high school, accountability measures for SAT testing, and the expansion of co-curricular activities, just to name a few.
His hard work has left a great impact on those who have worked with him over the years. LHS Principal Jason Parent has spent 14 years with Greenberg and was offered the assistant principal’s position by him at one point. Parent admired Greenberg because of how well the district took to him and how hard he worked to help high school students prepare for college, labeling him an “outstanding superintendent and superior leader.”
Dan Lekas, the chair of the district’s school board, spent a decade with Greenberg and admired his work ethic, noting that he would usually work in his office until 7 or 8 p.m. to get his job done. Lekas was proud to have worked with Greenberg, stating that he “accomplishes something every year.”
While all this praise is nice, Greenberg has always been very humble about his time in Londonderry, saying that “it’s not really [him]” alone who was responsible for the success of the school district. Greenberg felt that the town’s school system would not be where it is today with the dedicated staff members and students who bring the schools to life, stating that “schools are people-driven.”
Assistant Superintendent Scott Laliberte is set to take Greenberg’s place for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, but although he leaves to start the next chapter of his life, Greenberg’s legacy will last forever with the students of Londonderry, both past and present.