Edited from the “W” Bulletin.
A veteran educator with 30 years of experience has been hired as the new assistant superintendent of the W. Public Schools. This past week, A.G. was unanimously approved for the position at a special meeting of the Board of Education. She will take her post on Monday, Aug. 13.“I’m very excited,” Ms. G. to administrators and members of the Board of Education after her approval.
Dr. G.R., superintendent of schools, called Ms. G. “very skilled, inclusive, and collaborative” and echoed the sentiment of the rest of those in attendance that he was excited to begin working with her.“First and foremost,” Dr. R. said, “she’s a kind person,” an attribute that was vital to being a part of the W. staff.
Ms. G. was one of 30 applicants for the position, seven of whom were interviewed, according to E.A., director of human resources and general administration. Ms. A. said all other applicants’ résumés were “significantly pale in comparison” to Ms. G.’s.
Ms. G.’s educational philosophy is “making sure that all children get the best education possible.” But to fulfill this, she doesn’t want to immediately change the way W. schools are running.“The first thing I need to do is acclimate myself to what they do, look at some data and see what needs to be done, if anything,” she said.
“You have to be able to touch every area with enough expertise to make decisions,” said D.W., secretary of the Board of Education. “That’s what we see in this résumé.”
Ms. G. earned her bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Bridgeport in 1975, a master of science degree in counseling from the University of Bridgeport in 1985, and a sixth year diploma in administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University in 1991.
“Your credentials are impeccable,” said T.E.D., member of the Board of Education, this past Thursday. “There was a good fit.” Your credentials do fit very nicely with our needs,” said K.B., chairman of the Board of Education.
Ms. G. said she’s excited to get to work.“I’m a very strong advocate for children, I have a good sense of humor, I work very, very hard, I have an open-door policy, and I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get involved,” she said.“I’m sensing you will fit in well with this group,” Ms. W. said.
Ironic? Best of Luck.