DANBURY, Conn. – Bethel resident Edward Wachowski, a former assistant principal in Norwalk, has been named the new principal of Stadley Rough Elementary School in Danbury, Superintendent Sal Pascarella announced Tuesday.
The city’s Board of Education made the appointment earlier in the week to replace outgoing principal Mary Johnson.
“He presents as a collaborative and hands-on administrator who has devoted considerable efforts to increasing instructional rigor and accountability among the certified staff in his building,” Pascarella said in a statement.
Wachowski was in administrative meetings this week and could not be reached for comment. His starting annual salary will be about $112,000, according to the News-Times.
He taught in the Greenwich school system for 10 years before becoming assistant principal of Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk. The Norwalk experience, where the school’s demographics mirror those of Stadley Rough, helped persuade the Danbury system to hire him, Pascarella said.
“We discussed at length his familiarity with ELL (English Language Learners) instructional strategies in particular, given that the demographics of the Silvermine Elementary School are parallel to those at Stadley Rough,” Pascarella said.
While at Silvermine in 2009, Wachowski helped the Norwalk school to achieve a second-place finish place in the Fairfield County Academic Gain Award Ceremony for the Lone Pine Foundation, which recognizes “significant growth in student achievement.”
Board of Education Chairwoman Gladys Cooper was part of the interview team that spoke to Wachowski and she said she found him to be impressive.
“We thought he would be a real asset at Stadley Rough,” Cooper said.
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