Ms. Charlotte Hirsch-Beckman is now proudly serving as Walt Whitman High School’s Administrative Dean.
Ms. Hirsch-Beckman, a graduate of Walt Whitman High School, has raved about her experience here and the great teachers she had the opportunity to learn from, especially in the social studies department. One teacher that stood out to her was Mr. Roger Paquette. “I had a really tough time in high school, and Mr. Paquette was like a savior to me. Because of him, I wanted to become a high school teacher,” she explained.
As Administrative Dean, Ms. Hirsch-Beckman will hold a primary focus on the upperclassmen grades at Whitman. She hopes “to accomplish a more proactive approach and to mitigate behaviors before they even happen.” Her ability to get people involved will be one of her greatest strengths in this new role. She hopes to help students feel understood and find their safe spaces, whether that be a club, sport, theater, or community.
“I wanted to be an administrator, but I wouldn’t be able to be an administrator without those people,” Ms. Hirsch-Beckman said, thanking everyone in the high school for aiding her ambition. They genuinely wanted to see her growth happen, and that has followed through to her teachings and desire to help her students to grow. Those mentioned included Dr. Murphy, former Principal of Walt Whitman, Dr. Corcoran, Head Chairperson of the Social Studies Department, and especially Mr. Lombardo, Head of the Special Education Department at Whitman.
“At the heart of me? Special education,” Ms. Hirsch-Beckman concluded. We are thrilled to have Ms. Hirsch-Beckman enter this new role with her caring nature that will surely help guide our students.