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John Grasso Named Interim Principal of South Elementary School

John Grasso Named Interim Principal of South Elementary School


John Grasso, Interim Principal of South Elementary School

Dr. Bryan Luizzi, New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent, announces the appointment of John Grasso as Interim Principal of South Elementary School. Mr. Grasso will be replacing Joanne Rocco for the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Rocco is retiring after having served as South’s principal for the past 15 years.


“Joanne Rocco is an outstanding educational leader who genuinely cares about students, staff, parents, and the entire community. We have been inspired by her leadership of South Elementary Schools these past 15 years, and we’re going to miss her,” said Dr. Luizzi. “While everyone who knows Joanne knows she is irreplaceable, we are also extremely fortunate to have someone with John Grasso’s knowledge, skill, and extensive principal leadership experience ready to step into the principal’s role at South during this time of transition. We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Grasso to the New Canaan Public Schools.”


Mr. Grasso (pictured) has held administrative positions in Greenwich throughout his career, most notably serving as the principal of Riverside School, Greenwich’s largest elementary school, for twelve years. Since retiring from Greenwich, he has served in interim positions as principal of Royle Elementary School in Darien from 2014-2016, Parkway Elementary School in Greenwich from 2016-2017, and is currently in his second year as interim principal of Hamilton Avenue STEM Magnet School in Greenwich.


Mr. Grasso earned a bachelors degree from St. John's University, Queens, NY; a masters degree from City College of New York (CCNY) in Curriculum Development; and a 6th Year Administrator Certificate from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Additional professional activities include The Arts and Passion Driven Learning at Harvard University, and The Writing Project at Columbia Teachers College.


Dr. Luizzi also recognizes and thanks the search committee consisting of teachers, PTC members, parents, administrators, and the Board of Education for its work and diligence in the process. Mr. Grasso will begin as Interim Principal at South Elementary School on July 1, 2019.