New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)
Darcy leaves Stratford middle school to take principal job at Jonathan Law High in Milford
MILFORD — Bryan Darcy, most recently principal of Wooster Middle School in Stratford, will be taking the helm at Jonathan Law High School.
Darcy is filling the vacancy left by Fran Thomson, who recently was named assistant superintendent of personnel for the Wallingford Public Schools.
“I’m humbled, honored and excited to join the Milford Public School community,” Darcy said.
“I have high standards, expectations of all my students, faculty and myself. I’m going to listen to all stakeholders and make decisions that are always in the best interest of students.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the culture of Jonathan Law High School, and I can’t wait to be part of the team,” he added.
Darcy has 16 years of professional education in Connecticut, starting as a substitute teacher in North Haven, then serving as teacher, department chair, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.
“Having both teaching and leadership experiences at both the middle and high school level has allowed me to see the full scope of what students and educators experience throughout their academic career. These experiences have also allowed me to understand how important it is to be a ‘systems-thinker,’” he said.
“Lastly, and most importantly, I’ve learned the value of listening and supporting students. This is our school. Student needs always come first, and a lot of great ideas I’ve helped develop in the past have started by having a conversation with students.”
“I need to build trusting relationships with staff, students, families and community members,” he said. “I also plan on consuming as much knowledge as I can quickly as I can about Law and students.
“This will allow me to ensure an equitable experience for all our students. All decisions that we make as a team will be in the best interest of all students.”
Milford Public Schools Superintendent Anna Cutaia said, “We look forward to the continued success of our students and staff in partnership with our Law families as led by Mr. Darcy.”
Darcy had been with Stratford Public Schools since 2013, serving as assistant principal at Bunnell High School before becoming principal at Wooster Middle School.
His career began as a substitute teacher in 2005, with North Haven Public Schools. While in that district, he also served as the varsity assistant baseball coach at North Haven High School.
In 2006, he was hired as a business teacher at Bethel High School. He was nominated as the district’s Rookie of the Year for his stellar interaction with students and staff.
In 2008, after spending two years in Bethel, he left to teach business at Wolcott High School and serve as the department chair. In 2012, Darcy was also named the athletic director, a role he served through 2013.
In 2013, he became assistant principal at Bunnell High School. He helped develop curriculum and evaluation systems in the district and was a member of the juvenile review board.
Two years later, Darcy was promoted to Wooster Middle School principal. In 201920, the school was named the CAS School of the Year while under his leadership.