Assistant principal leaves Willard Elementary School

The Berlin public schools system is currently searching for a new assistant principal for Willard Elementary School.

“We have lots of applicants, over 150 to be exact, and we’re in the hunt right now and hope to have somebody named well before our next school year, hopefully by July 1,” Willard Principal Salvatore Urso said.

Assistant Principal Lauren Feltz has given her letter of resignation to the Board of Education. She is leaving the Berlin public schools at the end of this school year to start her new position as principal of Middlebury Elementary School in Middlebury, beginning July 1. Feltz was assistant principal at Willard for three years. Before working for the Berlin public schools, she was a teacher for 13 years in Wilton.

“I think the Berlin school system is an excellent school district,” Feltz said. “I think the community is extremely education oriented and the parents are a great support to the school. I think Berlin is a district that believes and acts on the belief that they want to do right by every student. I think they have a lot of respect for their students and a lot of respect for the importance of the educational process for each child and I learned a lot and I have really valued my time as being part of the team.”

Feltz said she will miss the “incredibly dedicated staff,” of Willard school the most. “They are tremendously hard working and they’re highly collaborative and I can only hope that my new staff will be of the same,” Feltz said. “They really are stellar folks.”

Principal Salvatore Urso said staff and administrators congratulate Feltz on her new position and that “it’s certainly a step up from her assistant principal job here at Willard.”

“We certainly wish Ms. Feltz well and she has made great contributions to Willard school. In the years that she has been here, she certainly contributed to the school in many ways,” Urso said. “She has a strong vision for excellent instruction, how to promote and sustain a climate for children in which that helps them best learn in. She has provided support for staff and technology applications.”

Brian Benigni, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said a hiring committee, made up of two parents and eight district administrators and teachers, will begin interviewing applicants this week.

“We are looking for an educational leader that possesses a strong structural background and has the ability to develop and maintain relationships and a person who is committed to continuing improvement,” Benigni said.

Feltz said she will be bringing 100 percent of everything she learned from Berlin as an assistant principal with her to Middlebury.”

“I think balancing the de- mands of a rigorous academic program with the need to support the development of the total child and understanding that kids need to have their emotional needs met and feel safe and connected in a school environment in order to have academic success,” Feltz said.

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