John Freeman currently serves as superintendent of schools for the Pittsfield, New Hampshire School District, a position that he has held for more than six years. Pittsfield is a small, rural school district located in central New Hampshire with a population of approximately 4,100. The school district’s enrollment is approximately 575 students, Pre School through Grade 12; the free and reduced price meal rate is currently about 56%.
The Pittsfield community has been engaged in a high school redesign project with an approach that personalizes learning for all students. The collaboration between the school and community has resulted in a redesign that focuses on increased academic achievement, greater student ownership for learning, 21st Century skills, social/emotional learning, changing adult roles, and community engagement. The schools continue to experience growth along a range of success measures.
Prior to becoming school superintendent, Freeman taught students in grades two, four, five, six, and seven. In addition to his 25 years of service in New Hampshire, he has taught in in both rural and suburban schools in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and North Dakota. Freeman has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate college and university levels as an adjunct instructor of communications, education, and literature courses.