Parkway School Principal Patricia Allen has accepted a position as Principal of the Smith College Campus School, effective July 1, 2016.
A K-6 school on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, MA, the Campus School is a laboratory for the study of teaching and learning.
Ms. Allen has been with the Greenwich Public Schools at Parkway School since July 2011.
“I am pleased that Patty has earned an impressive appointment, one closer to her Massachusetts-based family,” Superintendent McKersie said. “She has been a valuable member of our leadership team, thoughtfully guiding Parkway School for five years. We will miss her wisdom, warmth and energy.”
Ms. Allen said, “While it is with extremely mixed emotion that I move into this next phase of my career, I’m excited to join Smith College as the principal of the lab school on their campus. I’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the education department at Smith in developing our next generation of teachers, and look forward to continuing to deepen my own understanding of best practices in the ever-evolving field of education. It has been my absolute privilege to be a part of the Greenwich Public Schools as the principal of Parkway School for the past five years. Parkway teachers and staff are a remarkable group, and have been an absolute ‘dream team’ to work with. I have been honored to serve as coach to this talented group of educators, and know that the delightful children and families of backcountry Greenwich will remain in very capable hands.”
Deputy Superintendent Ellen Flanagan praised Ms. Allen’s numerous contributions to the school.
“In her five years at Parkway School, Ms. Allen has been an exceptional leader whose work is hallmarked by collaboration with teachers, parents, and the greater Greenwich community in support of student learning,” Flanagan said, citing her trailblazing work on environmental education, and partnerships with Audubon, Greenwich Conservation Commission, and the Jr League.
Ms. Allen and her Parkway team received two recognitions for their efforts to develop the next generation of environmental leaders.
In November of 2014, Parkway School was named a Connecticut GreenLEAF school and then in April of 2015, was recognized as a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
“Ms. Allen’s strong advocacy for her students, her instructional expertise and her deep knowledge of curriculum and assessment will be sorely missed both at Parkway School and in our district. We wish her only the best as she begins a new and exciting chapter in her career,” Flanagan said.
The search for a new Parkway School Principal will begin promptly.