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Danbury ‘Elementary School of the Year’ Principal Retires After 38 Years

Dr. Helena Nitowski
Dr. Helena Nitowski Photo Credit: Danbury Public Schools

DANBURY, Conn. – After a storied 38-year career, Dr. Helena Nitowski, principal of Danbury's Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies magnet elementary school, announced her retirement

Nitowski took over AIS in 2006. Nitowski helped grow the student body and the school into a powerhouse that was selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as “Elementary School of the Year” 2014.

“Everything we do is focused on developing that in children. It’s included in international/global studies, behavior and environmental literacy pieces," Nitowski said. "Being a responsible global citizen sounds so lofty, but the kids get it.”

Prior to AIS, Nitowski was the principal of Mill Ridge Intermediate School.

Nitowksi is a grandmother of five with another on the way. She says her retirement niche will likely still be in the education field.

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