Kathryn Coon named new Miller-Driscoll principal

Kathryn Coon

Kathryn Coon

The Wilton Public School District has found a new principal for Miller-Driscoll School, and her name is Kathryn Coon.

Superintendent Kevin Smith announced the news to Miller-Driscoll staff on Friday, April 8.

Coon has more than two decades of experience in the Greenwich Public School District, where she currently serves as program coordinator for special education.

In her current role, Coon supervises all special education services for seven elementary schools, leads the professional development program for the entire preschool through 12th grade special education staff, and supervises the Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) program for the Greenwich school district.

Background

Coon began her career as an elementary special education teacher working for several years as a resource room teacher, and then as a special education teacher co-teaching in K-5 mainstream classrooms.

After a number of years of service, Coon was selected to serve as a staff development associate and was responsible for assisting teachers with planning and delivering instruction in both special and regular education.

She was then appointed to serve as interim assistant principal of New Lebanon Elementary School and was promoted to her current position as special education program coordinator in 2008.

Coon has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut, a master of science degree in learning disabilities from Southern Connecticut State University, and a 6th Year Certificate in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut.

Selection

Bernadette Hess has been serving as interim principal of Miller-Driscoll since Cheryl Jensen-Gerner‘s December retirement.

Wilton Public Schools selected Coon from a very competitive pool of more than 30 qualified candidates for the Miller-Driscoll principal position. She was among 12 applicants interviewed by a panel comprised of parents, teachers, staff members and administrators and emerged as “the unanimous choice for the position,” according a April 11 Wilton Public Schools press release.

Following the first-round interview, Coon and two other finalists moved forward to the second round of the selection process, which included a presentation and a panel interview with Board of Education members, curriculum coordinators and district administration.

The process concluded with a site visit to Greenwich and reference verification, during which Coon’s Greenwich colleagues and supervisors spoke highly of her expertise, professionalism and capacity to lead.

Through the selection process, the committee saw “strong evidence of her warm, engaging personality, collaborative work with special and regular education teachers, instructional leadership skills, and strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction,” according to the press release, and “it was very clear that she has the right style, skills, and expertise to lead Miller-Driscoll School.”

Smith said the Wilton Public School District is “thrilled” to have Coon join its leadership team and serve as the next principal of Miller-Driscoll School.

Coon will begin her new position on July 1 and said she looks forward to “joining such an amazing district.”

Dates will be scheduled in the coming weeks to enable staff, parents and students to meet the new principal.

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