Old Greenwich School principal Patricia Raneri announced on Tuesday that she has accepted a position as Principal of East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield effective July 1, 2016.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Old Greenwich School,” she said. “It was certainly a difficult decision to leave because it has truly been an honor and a privilege to ‘grow up’ with the children and families of such a lovely community. I was fortunate to work with a group of very dedicated teachers and administrators who inspired me to grow professionally during my ten years with the school. I will leave with fond memories, especially those of my interactions with our smiling children.”
Ms. Raneri has been with the Greenwich Public Schools as Principal of OGS for ten years, since 2006. In that time, she has introduced a number of school climate initiatives at the school, including a student ambassadors program and piloting Pathways to Empower – a program designed to foster resiliency mindsets. She led the implementation of Instructional and School Data Teams, and the introduction of the District’s 1:1 Digital Learning Environment at the school.
Raneri is a master of data analysis using it to inform classroom instruction and school improvement efforts. Ms. Raneri has also been a strong supporter of teacher leadership development at the school, capitalizing on the tremendously talented staff at Old Greenwich to take on special projects in support of student learning.
She currently serves as a District Network Co-Facilitator acting as liaison with District administrators on behalf of all principals and mentoring principals new to the District and/or position.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill McKersie said, “Tricia Raneri will be missed for her tireless commitment to what is best for her students, staff and their families. Tricia always could be counted on to advocate for and deliver on the needs of Old Greenwich School. At the same time, as a Network Facilitator, she was a voice for the interests of all elementary schools. Her principal colleagues and central office administrators will miss her intelligence, sense of humor and boundless spirit. Best Wishes, Ms. Raneri!”
A search for an interim principal to lead OGS in the new school year will begin immediately. The search for a new permanent Principal will begin at the start of the hiring season for 2017.
Prior to serving as Principal of Old Greenwich School from 2006 – 2016, Ms. Raneri was vice principal at Bedford Middle School in Westport for six years. In this role she was responsible for supervising and evaluating classroom teachers and the music and art departments. She maintained the master schedule for 815 students and 90 staff members and had oversight of the sixth grade students, teacher teams and activities. She coordinated and managed the transition program for incoming sixth graders as they left elementary school. She implemented and coordinates the school’s Student Support Team program, and has chaired the Information Literacy and Technology, and Professional Development and Evaluation Plan Committees. Prior to her tenure in the Westport Public Schools, Ms. Raneri was a seventh and eighth grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher for the Read School (K-8) in Bridgeport, CT (1994-2000). From 1993-1994, she was a substitute teacher and homebound tutor for the Wolcott Public Schools in Wolcott, CT and a fifth grade student teacher in 1992 at Cross Street School in Naugatuck, CT.
Ms. Raneri received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in English from Villanova University, Villanova, PA in 1991; a master of arts in elementary education in 1993, and her Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Leadership in 1998, both from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.