New Mil­ford el­e­men­tary schools get new prin­ci­pals

The News-Times - - NEWSBITES - By Ka­t­rina Ko­ert­ing

NEW MIL­FORD — Both el­e­men­tary schools will have new lead­ers go­ing into the next school year.

Eric Wil­liams, of Dan­bury, got a head start about a month ago, when he be­gan his new job as prin­ci­pal at Hill & Plain El­e­men­tary School. And re­cently the district an­nounced that Gwen Gal­lagher, of Brook­field, will be the next prin­ci­pal at Northville El­e­men­tary School.

Gal­lagher served as a class­room teacher for Dan­bury Pub­lic Schools for six­teen years be­fore be­ing named as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the King Street Cam­pus, where she has been a leader for the past five years.

She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion from Ply­mouth State College and her mas­ter’s de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State Uni­ver­sity.

She was se­lected from 29 ap­pli­cants and is ex­pected to start July 2.

“I feel my 21 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the class­room and in lead­er­ship have given me a solid foun­da­tion to sup­port teach­ing and learn­ing at Northville El­e­men­tary School,” Gal­lagher said in a state­ment. “I look for­ward to work­ing along­side the staff and get­ting to know the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.”

Wil­liams has served as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at New Mil­ford High School since 2015. Prior to that, he was a so­cial stud­ies teacher at Bethel High School and Dan­bury High School, where he was also the head of the so­cial stud­ies depart­ment. He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from Western Con­necti­cut State Uni­ver­sity and his mas­ter’s de­gree in lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of New England. He also holds a cer­tifi­cate of ad­vanced stud­ies in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Sa­cred Heart Uni­ver­sity.

Wil­liams said he was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­port he’s re­ceived so far in New Mil­ford. He was se­lected from 21 candidates.

“Eric Wil­liams brings an en­gag­ing spirit and a deep commitment to stu­dent suc­cess to his new lead­er­ship role,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Tracy said in a state­ment. “He knows what qual­ity in­struc­tion looks like and he is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing teach­ers in their daily ef­forts on be­half of our chil­dren.”

Tracy also praised Gal­lagher. “We are for­tu­nate to be able to wel­come a leader of Mrs. Gal­lagher’s cal­iber into our New Mil­ford school fam­ily,” Tracy said in a press re­lease. “Her col­leagues in Dan­bury had noth­ing but high praise for her skill as a teacher and the qual­ity of her lead­er­ship at the King Street School.”

Gwen Gal­lagher

Eric Wil­liams

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