Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones Thursday announced the appointment of Dr. Garfield Charles as program administrator for Greenwich High School’s Windrose program, effective immediately. Dr. Charles was named interim program administrator on August 17, 2022.
Dr. Charles will continue to serve as the chief administrator for Windrose, the specialized program enabling Greenwich students in grades 9-12 to reset their course toward graduation, prepare for college and career, and find purpose to learning. Windrose collaborates significantly with Greenwich High School as well as various community partners to facilitate individualized success for each student. Dr. Charles reports directly to Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports Dr. Stacey Heiligenthaler.
“Dr. Charles’ commitment and dedication to the students, staff, and families of the Windrose program is a true inspiration,” Dr. Heiligenthaler said. “After a thorough hiring process and reviewing the great work he and his staff have done since the beginning of the year, it was clear that Dr. Charles is the right person to lead this program today and into the future.”
Dr. Charles has been with GPS since 2004, most recently as the assistant dean of GHS’ Bella House since 2017. He began his career as an educator with GPS in 2004 as an English teacher at GHS until 2017 as well as the assistant dean of Cantor House for two years.
“I am deeply honored to be named the administrator of the Windrose program,” Dr. Charles said. “I look forward to continuing our work with our students, staff, parents, and the wider Greenwich community to promote positive and relevant experiences through a more personalized learning approach. Our goal is to assist our students to succeed in their academic, social, and emotional development to be better prepared for life after high school.”
Dr. Charles holds a diploma in Teaching from Corinth Teachers College, a bachelor’s in English from the University of the West Indies, master’s degrees in English from the University of Massachusetts and School Building Leadership from Mercy College, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. He holds an Intermediate Administration and Supervision Certification (092).