FOXBORO - Fresh out of Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture and building construction, Amy Berdos once considered working on Massachusetts' Big Dig construction project.
But with her love for math and science - and for children - Berdos instead became an elementary schoolteacher in the Norton school system and, after other promotions, Norton schools' K-12 director of curriculum and instruction.
After a 15-year career with Norton, Berdos - praised by colleagues as a collaborative leader who brings out the best in teachers - is about to bring her skills to Foxboro.
By a unanimous vote Monday, the Foxboro School Committee appointed Berdos assistant superintendent of schools, effective July 1, when the current assistant superintendent, Debra Spinelli, succeeds Christopher Martes in the top job.
"No one is regarded higher than Amy is by her colleagues," Spinelli told the committee.
Berdos' appointment is contingent on successful negotiation of a contract.
Endorsing Foxboro's push for higher achievement, Berdos said, "When you have high expectations, you rise to those expectations."
Topping a field of 34 applicants, Berdos was the only candidate named as a finalist for assistant superintendent by Foxboro's 12-member search committee.
Berdos, 40, holds a doctorate in leadership in schooling from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
At Bridgewater State College, she earned a certificate of advanced graduate study and a master's degree in elementary education.
Amy and Andy Berdos, who live in Plainville, are the parents of two boys and two girls, ages 5 to 14, who attend local public schools.
She grew up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in the Lone Star State.