Three Greenwich Public Schools Assistant Principals Reassigned

On Tuesday around 6:00pm, Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jill Gildea announced that in collaboration with incoming Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo three Assistant Principal will be “transitioned” for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to the release, the transitions have been made as “an administrator aspirant strategy, providing opportunities to experience working with different leadership styles, and different school sizes and communities.”

“At Greenwich Public Schools, we are keenly aware of the responsibility to grow opportunities for our educators and educational administrators so that we are a career destination focused on learner and community centered schools,” Gildea said in the release. “Our pioneer APs will take on these next step career challenges to bring their unique strengths and skills to our various community schools.”

Gildea said each of the Assistant Principals aspires to overall professional and personal growth in service of Greenwich’s learners.

Cos Cob School

Effective with the 2018-2019 school year Michael Reid will be the Assistant Principal for Cos Cob School. Mr. Reid has been the Assistant Principal at
North Street School since July 2017. Mr. Reid has been an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools since 2006 as an elementary teacher. He also served as a GPS instructional coach from 2015 to 2017.

Mr. Reid received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Connecticut College, New London, CT in 2002; a Master of Arts in teaching in elementary education from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT in 2006; and a sixth year certification in differentiated learning from University of LaVerne, La Verne, CA in 2009.

Glenville School

Barbara Oxer will be the Assistant Principal for Glenville School effective with the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Oxer has been the Cos Cob School Assistant Principal since 2012.

After more than 20 years working
in the private sector, as a Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Oxer began her career as a teacher at Old Greenwich School in 2002.

She was selected as a Distinguished Teacher in 2012 by the Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee and received the Connecticut PTA’s 2018 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

North Street School

Kathleen Ramirez is returning to North Street School as Assistant Principal effective with the 2018-2019 school year.

She served as Interim Assistant Principal at NSS in spring 2017 before accepting the AP appointment at Glenville in July 2017.

Prior to taking on the role of Assistant Principal, Ms. Ramirez served as an instructional coach for the District (2014-2017). She joined the Greenwich Public Schools in 2006, and served as a fourth grade teacher at both Julian Curtiss School and North Mianus School.

Ms. Ramirez received a Bachelor of Science in Russian from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in 1987; a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT in 2006; a sixth year certificate from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA in 2009; and administrator certification from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT in 2014.

At Glenville School the PTA has started a petition on Friday, July 20, asking that their Assistant Principal not be moved to North Street School.

The petition, which has 231 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon, is titled, “Keep Assistant Principal Kathleen Ramirez at Glenville School.”

The petition which indicates it was started by the Glenville PTA says the personnel change would “deliver Glenville School our fourth Assistant Principal in less than two years, and completely discredit the hard work and time Mrs. Ramirez has devoted to our students, parents, and staff this past year.”

The petition asks the Superintendent to reconsider her decision.

One petition signer, Janet McMahon posted the comment, “NSS also stands by our AP, Mike Reid. Why the move when everyone has been happy with their AP’s? This entire process has lacked transparency. I hope we can stop this unilateral ‘trade’ that will affect students, parents and teachers at so many schools.”