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February 26, 2021
South Shore Stars Selects Jennifer Curtis-Whipple as ED
Jennifer Curtis Whipple

November 2, 2020 — South Shore Stars, a nonprofit based in East Weymouth that provides education and youth development programs for communities south of Boston, recently announced it has appointed Jennifer Curtis-Whipple, currently superintendent of Weymouth schools, as its next executive director.

Curtis-Whipple will assume the post next March, succeeding Sheri Adlin, who earlier this year announced plans to retire as executive director of South Shore Stars, after serving 27 years with the organization.

Describing Curtis-Whipple as}a highly respected and experienced educator,” South Shore Stars board chair Christopher Ernest said, “We are excited to have found a candidate with Jennifer’s deep commitment to education and the children and families on the South Shore.”

Curtis-Whipple has been superintendent of Weymouth public schools since 2016, following six years as assistant superintendent. Earlier, she served as a principal, classroom teacher and instructional coach in the district. She also has been an adjunct professor at Curry College since 2013.

Curtis-Whipple said she is “thrilled to be joining Stars, an organization that I know well. I am extremely excited to support its comprehensive early education and youth development programs that enhance the optimal growth of children from economically and culturally diverse families. This is a wonderful new chapter in my professional career!.”

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Providence College and a doctorate in supervision and leadership from Northeastern University.

Ernst also lauded Adlin, noting she “has so wonderfully and graciously guided Stars for many years.”

Under Adlin’s leadership, the nonprofit, established in 1970, has grown to serve more than 1,200 children annually, from birth through high school, with a focus on early education and youth programs concentrating on school readiness, academic achievement, and healthy development of families.

Its programs include a family childcare system, an Early Head Start initiative, preschool centers, after school programs, a middle school program and high school program, and a summer camp.

For the year ending June 30, 2018, South Shore Stars reported $8.5 million in revenue, of which $2 million came from contributions and grants, and $8.5 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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