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New principal hired for Berry Elementary in Bethel

Bethel Public Schools have appointed a principal for Berry Elementary School.  Danielle Legnard has worked in New Canaan schools for the past 18 years.  She is a former elementary school teacher, literacy and math specialist and has a background in curriculum development. 


46 applicants applied for the position, nine were given interviews and three candidates were then invited back for a second interview.  Legnard has a BA from Manhattanville College, a Masters from Sacred Heart University and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart. 


Her start date is today.


Outgoing Superintendent of Schools Dr Kevin Smith wrote:


"Ms. Legnard is an accomplished author. She has published several articles including “The Math Promise: Celebrating math at home and school;” “Mathematical Mind Journeys: Awakening minds to computational fluency;” “Empowering Teachers;” and “Math Workshop: The recipe for every young mathematician’s appetite.” She was a nominee for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and serves as an adjunct professor and program developer at Sacred Heart University for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Science program.  Danielle is a member of Atomic – the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented at both local and national conferences for these organizations."