Daniel J. Warwick began his career with Springfield Public Schools nearly 40 years ago and has a wealth of experience as a teacher, principal and administrator. Rising through the ranks, Mr. Warwick’s keen expertise, spirit of collaboration and unwavering commitment has earned him a national reputation as a leader in education.
As Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, Mr. Warwick oversees every aspect of the District, which encompasses about 26,000 students, approximately 4,000 employees, 52 schools (including eight alternative schools) and an annual operating budget of more than $400 million.
Appointed Superintendent on June 18, 2012, by a vote of the School Committee after a national search, Mr. Warwick is uniquely poised to move Springfield Public Schools forward. In formulating his action plan “The Springfield Promise – A Culture of Equity and Proficiency,” Mr. Warwick has carefully balanced his vast knowledge of the district’s history with a cutting-edge approach to developing its future. That future, Mr. Warwick has declared, is rooted in improving student attendance, academic achievement and the district’s graduation rate.
Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Mr. Warwick served as Deputy Superintendent for more than a year. During that time, he managed the district’s budgeting team and successfully led contract negotiations with the district’s bargaining unions. Mr. Warwick also spearheaded the redesign of the district’s state-designated lowest performing schools. Mr. Warwick’s leadership in the unprecedented endeavor resulted in drastic student achievement improvements, provoking state officials to hail Springfield Public Schools progress as a model for rapid transformation.
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Warwick served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. In that role, he implemented a comprehensive principal evaluation process and led the district’s efforts in obtaining state approval for construction of a new vocational high school. From 2004 until 2008, Mr. Warwick served as Assistant Superintendent of 21 schools. He increased academic gains at those schools by more than twice the district’s average rate. As an elementary school principal from 1991 to 2004, Mr. Warwick transformed Glenwood from an underperforming school to one that boasted the state’s highest levels of student achievement. His success in improving student achievement has been widely recognized and includes the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award, an honor bestowed on Mr. Warwick by United States Department of Education in 2004.
Mr. Warwick’s tenure with the district also includes working as Supervisor of Special Education from 1988 to 1991 and as a Master Teacher for the Pupil Adjustment Program from 1986 to 1988. Prior to that, he served as a teacher for 10 years.
Mr. Warwick holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from American International College, a master’s degree in education from American International College, a bachelor’s degree in education from Westfield State University and fellowships for Advanced Educational Learning from Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh and American International College.
Having begun his career in education as a Springfield Public Schools substitute teacher, Mr. Warwick describes his ascent to superintendent as a privilege and a dream come true. A lifelong Springfield resident, he is married to Mary Warwick. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Maura and Seamus.