Kristi Carriero named Assistant Principal of NCHS
Kristi Carriero Named Assistant Principal of New Canaan High School
After an exhaustive and thorough search, New Canaan Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristi Carriero as the new Assistant Principal of New Canaan High School. Ms. Carriero will begin her new position on July 1, 2018. She replaces David Gusitsch, who is becoming principal of Saxe Middle School.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Kristi to New Canaan and to NCHS,” said New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi, in making the announcement. “Her knowledge and experience, coupled with her dedication to students, staff, parents, and the community, make her the perfect successor to David as he transitions to Saxe as principal. As a math teacher and assistant principal in Norwalk, Kristi’s consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to students and families along with a passion for our work as educators, and I am confident she will bring this same spirit to our district as a member of our administrative team.”
Kristi Carriero’s extensive career in education includes holding top leadership roles both as an educator and administrator. She has worked in the high school environment for over a decade, and since 2016 she has served as Assistant Principal at Brien McMahon High School (BMHS). In this position, she supervised over 450 students and served as the high school’s Instructional Leader, School Climate Supervisor, ELL, Math and PE/Health Supervisor, and Testing Coordinator, organizing and administrating all of the state’s and district’s mandated testing.
At BMHS, Ms. Carriero recently oversaw the launch of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. She led its initial feasibility study, submitted the successful application for authorization, and served as Co-Coordinator for the program from 2014-2016. She continues to be an integral part of the IB Leadership Team at BMHS, regulates its budget, and monitors overall operations. Prior to her assistant principal assignment, Ms. Carriero was a Secondary Math Educator, grades 9-12, at Brien McMahon High School. At that time, she served as Co-chair of the Core Values Committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). She also coached Junior Varsity Girls Soccer at the high school from 2006-2009.
“Kristi has demonstrated thorough knowledge and experience with all the attributes our focus groups were looking for in the search process,” said New Canaan High School Principal Bill Egan. “She is an excellent administrator and a dedicated educator who is committed to her students. She collaborates expertly with faculty and partners effectively with the community. She will fit perfectly with our administrative team, and we are all looking forward to Kristi joining the New Canaan High School family.”
Ms. Carriero earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut with a State Secondary Educator Mathematics endorsement (grades 7-12). She has a Master of Art Degree in Education (grades 7-12) also from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School. Ms. Carriero completed advanced graduate studies in Educational Leadership, obtaining a Sixth Year Diploma from Southern CT State University.
Dr. Luizzi thanks the teachers, administrators, and parents for their excellent work as the interview committee, which was comprised of 17 people overall. Additionally, he thanks Gary Kass, Director of Human Resources, and Gary’s entire staff for all of their efforts coordinating and organizing the search process.