Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced today the appointment of Marc Guarino as principal of Eastern Middle School, effective July 1.
Mr. Guarino replaces Mr. Jason Goldstein who announced in January that he is stepping down at the end of the school year to return to teaching in the classroom. Mr. Guarino will oversee all of EMS’ programs that meet the needs of its students with a strong focus on academic, personal, and interpersonal growth.
“After an extensive broad and internal search the interview committee, consisting of GPS teachers, parents, and senior administrators, recognized Mr. Marc Guarino as the right person to next lead Eastern Middle School,” Dr. Jones said.
“The EMS principalship was highly sought after with more than 60 candidates vying for the position,” Jones added. “Mr. Guarino comes to Eastern with a decade of head principal experience and a track record of enhancing the eighth-ninth grade transition, developing new opportunities for advanced learning in mathematics and science, redesigning and building staff capacity to enhance the continuum of services for all students, and a strong history of collaboration with staff, students, and families.”
Mr. Guarino has served as the principal at Trumbull High School since 2013, where his building shares a common campus with Hillcrest Middle School. As the principal, he oversaw and managed all day-to-day operations of one of the largest high schools in the State of Connecticut, with more than 2,150 students and 275 staff members, developing, leading, and implementing district initiatives with the focus on learning for all students.
“Joining the Eastern Middle School family and meeting its talented faculty and staff is what I am looking forward to in order for me to appreciate all that makes Eastern a special place to learn and work,” Mr. Guarino said. “I am passionate about building strong relationships with our students, families, staff, and community, and ensuring that every EMS student has the support, resources, and experiences they need to thrive.”
Prior to his time at Trumbull HS, Mr. Guarino served at Guilford High School for 16 years as a social studies teacher, chairperson of the Social Studies department, and most recently as an assistant principal from 2008 through 2013. In addition, he was the director of the district’s summer enrichment program for grades K-8 and summer school programs for grades 9-12 from 2005 through 2008.
Mr. Guarino earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in Secondary Education, from Stonehill College, a master’s in Teaching and Intermediate Administrative Certification (092) from Sacred Heart University, and a Connecticut Initial Educator Certification for Intermediate Administrator and Supervisor (092).