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Kim Kempton

Dear SPS Community: 
By now, many of you may be aware that a Stamford Public Schools high school student died last night as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Stamford. The pain of this tragedy is compounded by the fact that the student’s mother is a beloved teacher in our district. Losing a child is every family's worst nightmare, and we are heartbroken for this student's parents, siblings, extended family, and friends. 

This morning, the principals from the two schools directly affected by this devastating accident were in touch with their staff and families to share the news and to provide information about resources that will be available for students and staff. Stamford Public Schools has a crisis response team made up of social workers and other mental health professionals, and they will be on site at both schools beginning Monday morning to support students and staff as they process this horrible news.  

I wanted to address the entire school community because I recognize that this loss will be felt far beyond two schools. Stamford may be a city of nearly 140,000 people, but Stamford Public Schools is a tight-knit, inter-connected community. Many of our employees are Stamford residents who themselves graduated from Stamford Public Schools and whose children are students here. Many of our current staff and families may know the family from the community, and still more may have interacted with the student’s mother in her role as a teacher.  

Please keep in mind that there are student support personnel in every school who can help children cope with their grief. If you believe that your child would benefit from such services, please reach out to your child’s school principal (K-12), school social worker (K-12), school counselor (6-12) or dean of students (9-12). Families may also find the following resources helpful: 

Staff who need support are encouraged to make use of the resources available through the Employee Assistance Plan.  

This is a painful loss for our school community, and it will take time to heal. Please know that we are committed to doing everything we can to help our students and staff process this terrible news.

Dr. Tamu Lucero


Estimada comunidad de las SPS: 
En este momento, muchos de ustedes deben ya estar al tanto de que un estudiante de secundaria de las Escuelas Públicas de Stamford murió anoche como resultado de un accidente automovilístico en Stamford. El dolor de esta tragedia es aún mayor por el hecho de que la madre del estudiante es una profesora muy querida en nuestro distrito. La pérdida de un hijo es la peor pesadilla de toda familia, y estamos muy dolidos por los padres, hermanos, familiares y amigos de este estudiante. 

Esta mañana, los directores de las dos escuelas directamente afectadas por este devastador accidente se pusieron en contacto con su personal y sus familias para comunicarles la noticia y facilitarles información sobre los recursos que estarán a disposición de los estudiantes y el personal. Las Escuelas Públicas de Stamford cuentan con un equipo de intervención en situaciones de crisis formado por trabajadores sociales y otros profesionales de la salud mental, y estarán presentes en ambas escuelas a partir del lunes por la mañana para dar apoyo a los estudiantes y al personal mientras asimilan esta terrible noticia.  

Quería dirigirme a toda la comunidad escolar porque reconozco que esta pérdida se sentirá mucho más allá de dos escuelas. Stamford es una ciudad de casi 140.000 habitantes, pero las Escuelas Públicas de Stamford son una comunidad unida e interconectada. Muchos de nuestros empleados son residentes de Stamford que a su vez se graduaron de las Escuelas Públicas de Stamford y cuyos hijos son estudiantes aquí. Muchos de nuestros empleados actuales y las familias podrían conocer a la familia por su relación con la comunidad, y además podrían haber interactuado con la madre del estudiante en su función de profesora.  

Recuerde que en todas las escuelas hay personal de apoyo a los estudiantes que puede ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar el duelo. Si cree que su hijo necesita estos servicios, póngase en contacto con el director de la escuela de su hijo (K-12), con el trabajador social de la escuela (K-12), con el consejero escolar (6-12) o con el decano de estudiantes (9-12). Las familias también podrían encontrar útiles los siguientes recursos: 

Animamos al personal que necesite apoyo, a usar los recursos disponibles a través del Plan de Asistencia al Empleado.  

Esta es una pérdida dolorosa para nuestra comunidad escolar, y tomará tiempo para sanar. Por favor, sepan que estamos comprometidos a hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes y al personal a asimilar esta terrible noticia.

Dra. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent's Weekly Message - May 17, 2024
Jennifer Gonzalez

Dear Staff and Families,

The Multilingual Learner Program will be the topic of the next Café con la Super on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Cafeteria of the Government Center.  Families with questions about services for English Learners, or any other aspects of the proposed FY25 budget reallocation, should plan to attend this meeting.  Café con la Super is presented in Spanish with translation in English available at every meeting.  To register to attend, please click here

If you missed our budget reallocation presentation to the BOE on May 7, you can view the presentation here and watch a recording of the meeting here.

2024-2025 Paraeducator of the Year

Congratulations to Stark Elementary’s Maritza Nunez, who earlier this week was named the SPS 2024-2025 Paraeducator of the Year.  Maritza has supported our students as a paraeducator for nearly 23 years and is also the proud parent of SPS graduates.  Maritza, who has been described as “a shining example of someone who truly embodies student-centered teaching and learning,” will be recognized at an event next week alongside the 1st and 2nd Place Runners Up:

  • 1st Place Runner Up – Lauren Hunt, Turn of River Middle School
  • 2nd Place Runner Up – Joan Scalise, Davenport Ridge Elementary School

Congratulations to Maritza, Lauren, Joan and all of this year’s nominees!  Thank you for all you do to support our students. 

Kindergarten Registration 

Thank you to our Office of Family and Community Engagement for hosting a Kindergarten Registration Event last week at the Ferguson Library.  The OFCE staff and several school-based Parent Facilitators worked in collaboration with some of our community partners to ensure our youngest learners are registered and ready to start kindergarten in August.

Remember, all Stamford children who turn five years old on or before September 1, 2024, are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the fall.  Click here for more information or email with questions.

Administrative Appointments

One of the great things about a large district like Stamford Public Schools is that we can offer building leaders many opportunities to learn, grow, and enhance their skills without leaving our community.  This week, we announced a number of administrative appointments that will take effect on July 1.  Click here to read about these changes and to learn more about some of our accomplished principals and assistant principals. 

Girl Scout Troop Recognition 

Thank you to the Girl Scouts for inviting me to speak at the Silver and Gold Awards Ceremony last Saturday along with Stamford Citizen of the Year, Sgt. Adriana Molina of the Stamford Police Department, and Ferguson Library CEO Alice Knapp.  Congratulations to the honorees who shared their amazing projects that are bringing value to the Stamford and Bridgeport communities.

Stamford Realtors Visit

On Wednesday, I welcomed a group of Stamford Realtors to Turn of River (TOR) Middle School for our monthly tour.  TOR Principal Sherri Prendergast shared information about our middle school program including the new middle school model that will be implemented throughout the district for the 2024-25 school year.

I want to thank all the Realtors who joined our monthly school tours this year.  Enjoy the summer and we will see you in September.  

Middle School Musicals This Weekend

If you have time this weekend, please consider supporting our student actors and actresses at Dolan and Turn of River (TOR) as they present Finding Nemo, Jr., and Grease: School Edition, respectively.  For showtimes and ticket information, click here for Finding Nemo, Jr. at Dolan and here for Grease: School Edition at TOR. 

Filling in the Blanks Food Pantry

Finally, the Filling in the Blanks Mobile Food Pantry returns to Stamford tomorrow - Saturday, May 18 - from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  The food pantry will be set up in the Cloonan Middle School rear parking lot.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please be sure to stop by on Saturday morning.  If you are interested in learning more about this amazing organization or are interested in volunteering, please click here.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero




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Jennifer Gonzalez



A Piece of Stamford History

In April, Northeast Kindergartener’s had an enrichment opportunity with the Stamford Historical Society.  Connie and Emily visited the students to teach them about the Siwanoy tribe. The students were excited to learn more about Native Americans and the teachers were happy to welcome such a wonderful hands-on learning experience. Thank you to the Stamford Historical Society! 


Stamford Historical Society engaging with Northeast kindergarten studentsStamford Historical Society engaging with Northeast kindergarten students


Giving Back To Nature

Mrs. Florio’s fifth grade students collaborate monthly with their kindergarten buddies in Miss Kanel’s class. For their April project, the students teamed up to decorate birdhouses. The students’ creativity SHINEd as they worked together. Once the birdhouses dried, students went on a nature walk around the school during which they hung up their masterpieces for the birds to enjoy. 


Northeast students with their decorated birdhouses

Submitted by Laura Kanel





Teacher Appreciation Week at Northeast

On behalf of the entire staff at Northeast School, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Northeast PTO for the extraordinary Teacher Appreciation Week. Your efforts truly made us feel valued and celebrated.


The delicious luncheon catered by Nick’s Pizza in Stamford was a delightful treat that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The donuts from So Fresh Doughnut Co added a sweet touch to our day, perfectly complemented by the coffee generously provided by Donut Delight. The snack bar filled with donations from our wonderful families was a thoughtful gesture that kept us energized and smiling throughout the week. 


Additionally, the raffle featuring items from local vendors was a fantastic touch. It added an element of fun and excitement, and we were thrilled with the generous contributions from our community.


Northeast School is incredibly grateful for the continuous support and the warmth from our PTO and Northeast families.


Northeast staff and faculty enjoying the efforts of their PTO during Teacher and Staff Appreciation WeekGoodies provided to staff and facultyNortheast staff and faculty enjoying the efforts of their PTO during Teacher and Staff Appreciation WeekNortheast PTO

Submitted by Emily Fields



Westhill JROTC Earned a Spot at the Raiders National Competition in October 2024

The Westhill JROTC Raiders team showcased remarkable skill and teamwork to secure the 2nd place in a Raider competitive weekend event at New Britain high school, which saw participation from seven schools across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Westhill’s exceptional performance was particularly evident in the rope bridge event, which tests not only physical strength but coordination and trust among team members. Additionally, their endurance and speed were on full display during the team 2.5K run, contributing significantly to their overall standing. This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work put in by the team members and sets a high standard for future competitions. Westhill JROTC’s exceptional performance earned them a spot in the JROTC Raiders National Competition on October 24-27, 2024 in Fort Knox, KY.


Westhill JROTC with their Raiders National Competition trophy

Submitted by Juan Pazmino


Toquam Thespians Enjoyed A “Wicked” Trip To Broadway!

Toquam’s Annie Kids cast and crew enjoyed a trip to Broadway to see Wicked! This was a celebration and reward for all their hard work on the show! Our Toquam Thespians had an incredible experience at the show and we can’t wait for next year!


Toquam Thespians in New York to see Wicked on Broadway

Submitted by Jenna Cinelli


Strawberry Hill Brings Pickleball to the Playground

In collaboration with Pickleball America and donations from her fellow pickleball players, seventh grade science teacher Swapnila Pawar sponsored the acquisition of two pickleball nets, 24 outdoor pickleballs, and some gently-used paddles to extend her love of the sport to her students’ outdoor activities. Recognizing the value of hands-on involvement, she enlisted the help of a few seventh graders to assemble the nets and get the games started. 


Thank you to Dr. Pawar for sharing her love of the game and bringing this sports craze to our students! 


Strawberry Hill students assembling pickleball netsStudents enjoying a game of pickleball, thanks to Dr. Pawar



Strawberry Hill Eighth Graders go to Washington D.C and Meet Senator Blumenthal!

Strawberry Hill eighth graders traveled to Washington D.C. for a 3-day tour of the capital city, including visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air and Space Museum, and numerous memorials and other sites along the National Mall.


The highlight of the trip was a personal visit with Senator Richard Blumenthal on the steps of the Capitol Building! The Senator spoke to the group about his work in Congress and answered numerous questions about immigrant families, college finances, global warming, and, of course, the TikTok ban.


Thank you to Mr. Flynn and the 8th grade team for providing this enriching experience!

Strawberry Hill students engaging with Senator BlumenthalStrawberry Hill eighth graders in front of the Capitol Building

Submitted by Yvette Wynne


Everyone Belongs at Strawberry Hill!

A colorful mosaic of self-portraits lines the main corridor at Strawberry Hill and embodies the rich diversity of our student community. Each student, from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, created a monochromatic self-portrait, expressing their unique identities within a harmonious visual spectrum. This project was designed not only to enhance students’ understanding of the principles and elements of art and design such as line, color values, symmetry, and portraiture, but also to explore color theory and the emotional impact of hues. As a collective, this mural weaves together many individual stories, illustrating a school-wide commitment to a culture of inclusivity where every student feels they belong. Thank you to the Art Department at Strawberry Hill: Nancy Woods, Jaclyn Podlaski and Samantha Kanner!


Nancy Woods, Jaclyn Podlaski and Samantha Kanner in front of the mosaic of student created self portraitsCollection of green monochromatic self-portraitsRainbow mosaic of monochromatic student self-portraits

Submitted by Tressa Kinahan


Westover’s Third Graders Host Poetry Reading with NAGI Jewelers

Westover’s third grade students celebrated Mother’s Day/Special Person’s Day by hosting a poetry reading on Friday, May 10. Students were proud to share the metaphor poems they wrote about a special person in their life. The event was even more memorable thanks to honored guests from local fine jewelry store, NAGI Jewelers. Three students from each class were presented with a beautiful gift for the person they wrote the poem for. Thank you to all of Westover’s third grade teachers for continuing to find creative ways to further develop our student’s writing skills. And thank you NAGI Jewelers for being such a valuable community partner to Westover.


Westover student reading her poemWestover students with representatives from NAGI JewelryWestover community listening to students present their poems


Westover Becomes the Magical Land of Oz

Westover families packed the auditorium on the evening of Thursday, May 16 for the Fifth Grade’s rendition of Oz. The show based on the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, takes a modern twist through gender-bending the characters and changing Munchkinland to Minionland. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorian and his dog, Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. Their house crashes into Minionland, squashing the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorian and Toto are greeted as heroes by Glinda, The Good Witch, and the minions of Minionland. The Wicked Witch of the West comes to take her sister’s ruby sneakers, but Glinda has already bestowed them to Dorian. The Wicked Witch tells Dorian she will be back for him. Dorian and Toto are eager to return home and they are instructed to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. Along the way they meet a scarecrow, tin woman, and lion who are all in need of something too.


Westover students thoroughly enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal performances earlier in the week and cheering on their fifth grade peers. The students worked for months with their respective Arts & Problem Solving (APS) teachers putting together the show: the art backdrops, setting, and posters (Brooke DiCapua & Cathy McElroy), the lighting, sound, and stage crew (James Hart & Dara Minkler), the athletes (Brian Halibozek), dancers (Amy Neer), the singers (Jennifer Macklin), and the actors (Cienna Johnson & Dara Minkler). While all of these pieces took place separately, they all came together beautifully the night of the sensational show! A huge thank you to Jennifer Macklin and Cienna Johnson, the Directors of the musical, for all of their time editing, rehearsing, and perfecting the showcase. Also, we thank Teresa White for helping greeting guests and videotaping the show. Special shout out to the fifth grade teachers (Nikki Forbes, Stephanie Borgella, Jesse Currier, Keri Keaveney, Gina Miranda, and Heather Stramandinoli) and all of our wonderful paraeducators (Ann Marie Pellini, Mary Kilibwa-Adams, Ashley Maignan, and Armani Rodriguez) who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it look so easy. And we appreciate all the time our PTO and costume parent volunteers put in to make the production possible.

Westover students performing OzWestover students performing OzWestover students performing Oz

Submitted by Larissa Weir


Rippowam Principal, Kristina Colmenares, Visits Newfield’s Grade 5 Families

Newfield would like to thank Mrs. Colmenares for visiting with our fifth-grade families. Her presentation was very informative and helped ease our families as they begin to transition to Rippowam Middle School.

Submitted by Sharon Longo


Dual Enrollment Stamford High Students Graduate from CT State Norwalk

Yesterday, three seniors from the Early College Studies program (ECS) at Stamford High School, Sabatino Cruz, Alexander Chaklosh, and Nitish Gannu (left to right) graduated from the inaugural class of CT State Norwalk each with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Software Engineering. Sabatino and Nitish received Magna Cum Laude graduation honors while Alexander Chaklosh received Summa Cum Laude honors. These students have demonstrated tremendous self-discipline, determination, and flexibility over the last four years as they have had to simultaneously navigate both their high school and collegiate coursework all while transitioning through the restructure of Norwalk Community College to CT State Norwalk. 


SHS ECS graduates Sabatino Cruz, Alexander Chaklosh, and Nitish Gannu (left to right)

Submitted by Claudia Berlage


Women Leaders in Healthcare Symposium 

The symposium brought together distinguished female healthcare professionals to discuss diverse career options and pathways in the healthcare industry.The aim was to inspire and educate young girls about the vast opportunities available in healthcare, fostering early interest in fields such as medicine, nursing, research, healthcare administration, and more. Attendees had the unique opportunity to engage with and learn from women who have excelled in various healthcare professions. Additionally, the girls had an opportunity to also hear about volunteering pathways to get engaged in healthcare and help their community.


Women healthcare professionals presenting to Cloonan studentsWomen healthcare professionals presenting to Cloonan students 


Flower Power

Cloonan Middle School is pleased to announce the success of the recent flower sale organized by Mr. Medernach. The event, which featured a variety of beautiful petunias, geraniums, and hanging baskets, generated much-needed funds to offset costs for field trips and student activities.


The flower sale concluding on Friday, May 10, saw an overwhelming response from the community, with parents, teachers, and local residents coming together to support the cause. The vibrant selection of flowers not only brightened up homes and gardens but also contributed significantly to enhancing the educational experiences of Cloonan Middle School students.


The funds raised will directly benefit our students, ensuring they have access to enriching field trips and activities that broaden their learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Cloonan community at their successful flower sale

Submitted by Austin Medernach




What is an SPS Shout Out?

An SPS Shout Out is a special recognition that acknowledges school communities, staff members or students who have inspired us with a unique project, an outstanding job or a special effort that had a positive impact on our students or community. Each week we will celebrate a few by sharing with all SPS staff and posting on the district website. Please share any or all of these with your friends and families.   

SPS Administrators can submit Shout Outs for consideration through the form shared with them in the Administrators’ Weekly.

SPS Announces Administrative Appointments at Central Office, Northeast, Scofield, Stillmeadow, and Strawberry Hill
Kim Kempton

Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments effective July 1, 2024:

  • Scott Clayton, Principal at Scofield Middle School, has been named Director of Systems and Student Outcome Data for Stamford Public Schools; 
  • Dr. Shawn Marinello, Principal at Northeast Elementary School, has been appointed Principal at Scofield
  • Jennifer DeRubeis, Principal at Julia A. Stark Elementary School, has been appointed Principal at Northeast
  • Sandra Carlton, an Assistant Principal at Strawberry Hill, has been appointed an Assistant Principal at Scofield
  • Jillian Churchill, an Assistant Principal at Cloonan, has been appointed an Assistant Principal at Stillmeadow
  • Dr. Reina Costanzo, an Assistant Principal at Scofield, has been appointed an Assistant Principal at Strawberry Hill; and 
  • Iuliana Roata, an Assistant Principal at Stillmeadow Elementary, has been appointed an Assistant Principal at APPLES

“As a large district offering 25 school programs encompassing PreK to Adult Education, Stamford Public Schools offers its building leaders opportunities to learn, grow, and enhance their skills without leaving the district,” said Dr. Lucero. “We are fortunate to have so many accomplished, inspiring and dedicated leaders within Stamford Public Schools, and we are excited about the opportunities for professional growth that these changes will bring, for both the individual administrators and their new learning communities.” 

In the newly-created role of Director of Systems and Student Outcome Data, Clayton will be a member of the Teaching & Learning Department and will report directly to Chief Academic Officer (CAO) Amy Beldotti.  He will be responsible for developing and implementing a structure for the District Data Team and for creating a district-wide system for research workflow. He will work closely with the CAO and the Associate Superintendents to support attendance reporting, grant applications, state testing, state data reporting, and the new teacher evaluation system.  

“Data is a powerful tool that can help inform instruction, identify gaps in learning, and give us actionable information to help address challenges like chronic absenteeism,” said Beldotti. “Scott has been successful in using data to inform teaching and learning at Scofield, and we are thrilled that he will be working with us to create a robust data research and reporting operation to benefit the entire District.”

Scott Clayton 
Scott Clayton was named Principal of Scofield Magnet Middle School in 2012. During his tenure, Scofield was recognized for its teaching practice and student achievement by both the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS Spotlight School 2015, 2018, 2023) and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS Finalist “Middle School of the Year” 2023). Prior to joining Scofield, Clayton was Assistant Principal at Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, CT where he also served as Dean of Students and was a social studies teacher. Clayton began his career as an eighth grade U.S. History teacher at Rippowam Magnet Middle School in Stamford. In addition to being a dedicated educator, Clayton served nearly eight years as an active member of the Connecticut Army National Guard. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport, a Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Administration/Leadership from Sacred Heart University, and Superintendent Certification from Central Connecticut State University. His professional certifications include Superintendent (CT 093), K-12 Intermediate Administration or Supervision (CT 092), and Grades 7-12 History and Social Studies (CT026). Clayton is a member of the Board of Education and current Board Chair in the Town of Bethel, CT.

Shawn Marinello 
Dr. Shawn Marinello began his tenure with Stamford Public Schools as a school counselor at Turn of River Middle School. He was named Administrative Intern at Toquam Magnet Elementary School in 2014, became Toquam’s Assistant Principal in 2017, and was named principal at Northeast Elementary School in 2018. Dr. Marinello began his career as a third grade teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School in Tampa, FL, and later worked for Rampello Downtown Partnership School in Tampa as Afterschool Director, Magnet Lead/Magnet Curriculum Integration Teacher, and K-8 School Counselor. Dr. Marinello was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa from 2010-13, and currently teaches a class at Fairfield University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Tampa, a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Urban Education, from Nova Southeastern University. He has professional certifications in School Counseling (CT 068) and K-12 Intermediate Administration or Supervision (CT 092). 

Jennifer DeRubeis
Jennifer DeRubeis is a graduate of Stamford Public Schools and a 26-year veteran teacher and administrator in the District. Mrs. DeRubeis began her career at Northeast Elementary School, where she spent 13 years as a classroom teacher (K, 2nd, 4th) before serving as Northeast’s K-5 Literacy Coach and later joining Newfield Elementary as the K-5 SRBI Support Teacher. She was named Curriculum Associate for Early Childhood Education for Stamford Public Schools in 2015 and the SPS Director of Early Childhood Education in 2017. She has been principal of Julia A. Stark Elementary School since 2018. DeRubeis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sacred Heart University, and both a Master’s in Elementary Education and a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport. She has professional certifications in K-6 Elementary Education (CT 013) and Intermediate Administration or Supervision (CT 092). She has represented Stamford Public Schools on the School Readiness Council, the Cooperative Educational Services (CES) Early Childhood Council, and served on the Stamford Early Childhood Collaborative (SECC) Leadership Committee.

Sandra Carlton
Sandra Carlton is a 28-year veteran of Stamford Public Schools, where she began her career as a second and third grade teacher at Hart Magnet Elementary School. Following Hart, she was facilitator of the Extraordinary Learner Program, a Grade 3 teacher at Northeast, an Instructional Support Teacher (IST) at Newfield, and the Primary Years Program (PYP) Facilitator at Strawberry Hill. She was named Administrative Intern at Strawberry Hill in 2017 and has been Assistant Principal there since 2019. Carlton earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Connecticut as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport. She is certified in K-6 Elementary Education (CT 013) and Intermediate Administration and Supervision (CT 092). Carlton was a Stamford Public Education Foundation Excellence in Education recipient  in 2018 and was named Stamford Teacher of the Year in 2008. 

Jillian Churchill 
Jillian Churchill began her SPS career as a third grade teacher at Newfield Elementary School and later taught sixth grade English Language Arts at Scofield Magnet Middle School and sixth grade science and social studies at Cloonan Middle School. She was named Administrative Intern at Cloonan in 2020 and has been an Assistant Principal at Cloonan since 2021. Ms. Churchill earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Fairfield University. She has professional certifications in K-6 Elementary Education (CT 013) and K-12 Intermediate Administration or Supervision (CT 092). Ms. Churchill received the SPS Spotlight on Teaching Award in 2020.

Reina Costanzo
Dr. Reina Costanzo has extensive experience in educational leadership, having served as an assistant principal at Toquam Elementary, Stillmeadow Elementary, Rogers International, and Scofield Magnet Middle Schools. Dr. Costanzo began her career as an elementary classroom teacher in Dallas, TX before moving to CT where she taught first, third and fourth grades and was a K-8 school counselor for Bridgeport Public Schools and also a school counselor at Dolan Middle School. Dr. Costanzo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Business from Roger Williams College, a Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Bridgeport, Sixth Year Certification in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Bridgeport. She has professional certifications in School Counseling (CT 068), K-6 Elementary Education (CT 013) and Intermediate Administration and Supervision (CT 092).

Iuliana Roata
Iuliana Roata began her SPS career in 2005 as a second grade teacher at Stillmeadow Elementary School. She was Stillmeadow’s BOE Reading Teacher from 2013-16 and the school’s SRBI Coach in 2016-17. She was named Administrative Intern at Stillmeadow in 2017 and has been an Assistant Principal there since 2021. Mrs. Roata earned a Bachelor of Arts from Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport, and both a Sixth Year Degree in Advanced Studies in Literacy, CLSP and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Administration from Sacred Heart University. She has professional certifications in K-6 Elementary Education (CT 013), 1-12 Remedial Reading and Language Arts (CT 102), K-12 Reading and Language Arts Consultant (CT 097) and K-12 Intermediate Administration or Supervision (CT 092). Mrs. Roata served as an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University from 2019 to 2023. She received the SPS Spotlight on Teaching Award in 2016.



Kim Kempton

Join us for the next Café con la Super, a Spanish language community conversation with Dr. Tamu Lucero, Stamford Public Schools Superintendent!

Monday, May 20th at 6:30pm

Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., 4th Floor Cafeteria

2024-25 SPS Budget Reallocation:
Multilingual Learner Program
High School Course Enrollment

Dr. Lucero will be joined by Chief Academic Officer Amy Beldotti and Associate Superintendents Angela Asaro, Dr. Michael Fernandes, and Dr. Lori Rhodes to review the proposed FY25 Budget Reallocation. They will discuss the planned restructuring of the Multilingual Learner Program and how the budget reallocation will affect high school course offerings and other programs and

This meeting is open to the entire SPS community. Translation in English available.

Please help us plan for refreshments by registering here.
Free parking in the Government Center parking lot.
Bus routes 331, 341, 971 pass near or in front of the Government Center.

Childcare is not provided.



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