Dr. McFadden is committed to education at all levels. As a parent, Dr. McFadden supports early education. His two young children are both students in Springfield Public Schools. As a Pastor, Dr. McFadden advocates for education. He collaborates with members and community partners to support academic programs.
As a Professor, Dr. McFadden understands the importance of students having a strong academic foundation during the K-12 years, which will prepare them for future careers and educational pursuits.
Everyone involved in the education of our most valuable resource—our children—should have clearly defined, measurable goals. If the expectations are known, measurements are taken, results assessed, and constructive criticism applied, our children’s education will improve.
There needs to be policies in place that insure transparency so that parents and other taxpayers can see how their tax dollars are being utilized. By requiring accountability, the Committee will promote fiscal discipline and insure that the classroom is the beneficiary of the budget.
Perhaps the most important component of the ABC Plan is that the members of the community actively engage in the effort to improve the educational outcomes for our children. From parents to religious and community leaders, for maximum success to flow to our young people, everyone has to take an active role in the process. The School Committee cannot do it alone.
Dr. McFadden moved to Springfield in August 2010 after being named the 13th Senior Pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield. Prior to relocating to Springfield, Dr. McFadden has served as a senior pastor and executive pastor since 1992.
Since arriving in New England, Dr. McFadden has worked with educational and community partners.