John Manganiello Appointed Head of the Beacon School

Greenwich Education Group (GEG) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Manganiello as Head of the Beacon School in Stamford.

Manganiello succeeds Meredith Hafer who has been named the Director of Gifted Education for Greenwich Education Group.

Manganiello has worked in the private school settings for more than 18 years. He served as the assistant head of the middle school at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Previously, he spent 15 years at the Windward School, where he spearheaded the development of their executive function and research skills programs. At the Windward School, Manganiello worked as a master teacher, coach, team leader, and department chair. He also mentored teachers while working closely with the Windward Teacher Training Institute. Manganiello completed his undergraduate degree at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he double majored in history and religious studies. He completed his graduate work and earned his master’s degree in Education, with a focus on learning differences, from the College of New Rochelle.

He also earned a master’s degree in History from Iona College. Manganiello has always had a passion for helping students reach their potential by supporting their love of learning. He specializes in independent school leadership, individualized education, curriculum development, teacher training, and twice-exceptional students.

“We are thrilled to have John as a member of the Greenwich Education Group community,” said Victoria Newman, Founder and Executive Director of GEG. “He brings a wealth of experience and talent and has a long track record of success in a wide variety of roles in private school administration.”

Newman added that Manganiello has a focus on understanding the diverse needs and strengths of students, and his passion to help them reach their academic potential, aligns perfectly with the mission and goals of the Beacon School.

Beacon School's campus is located in the historic Hubbard Mansion, previously home to Mother of God's Academy, an all-girls' Catholic high school.

Beacon School’s campus is located in the historic Hubbard Mansion, previously home to Mother of God\’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school. Credit: Leslie Yager

Beacon School is an independent preparatory day school for intellectually curious students in grades 3-12. Guided by key tenets of gifted education, Beacon’s mission is to provide an inspirational environment where students are free to be themselves, take risks, explore passions, master disciplines, and “find their own light”.

Beacon’s core curriculum is aligned with elite standards, but its program is personalized, with a 4:1 student-teacher ratio and an individualized approach to both placement and instruction. Beyond the core curriculum, Beacon offers an array of elective opportunities for limitless learning in academic fields, technology, and the arts.

Emphasis is placed on challenge, enrichment, compassion, and the development of higher order thinking skills. Through small-group instruction in a community of zealous learners, Beacon students achieve academic excellence while following their own unique paths.

See also: Is Your Child’s School a Perfect Fit? Greenwich Education Group’s Beacon School Opens in Historic Mansion in Stamford

Beacon School ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Beacon School in Hubbard Heights section of Stamford. Left to right: Director of the GEG Schools’ Foundation, Eric Kaye; Congressman Jim Himes; Stamford Mayor David Martin; Meredith Hafer. September 2015Credit: Leslie Yager

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