Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School in Danbury is getting a new principal. Marnie Durkin began her career as an elementary school teacher, spending more than ten years in the classroom, before working as a math specialist in Danbury elementary schools. She later served as the principal of South Street School and assistant principal of Park Avenue School.
Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella says Durkin's breadth of experience in the classroom as well as her hands-on experience as an administrator in several of the City's elementary schools made her the clear choice to continue to move Ellsworth Avenue School forward.
Durkin earned a B.A. in elementary education and a Master of Science/Reading from Western Connecticut State University, as well as a Sixth-Year degree in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.
Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury is also getting a new principal. Kristen Bradley joined the district two years ago as a language arts specialist, following a 20-year career in education in which she taught across all elementary grades and later assumed the roles of data and literacy coach that reflected her knowledge and teaching experience.
Pascarella says Bradley has already established herself as a master teacher at the elementary-school level, and her academic coaching experience has earned her tremendous respect with her colleagues.
Bradley earned a B.A. in elementary education from Stonehill College, a Master of Education in reading from Lesley College and a Sixth-Year degree in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.