BRISTOL – Former Chippens Hill Middle School Principal Catherine Carbone will be the new assistant superintendent of Bristol’s public schools. She starts the job on April 10.
Superintendent Susan Moreau made the announcement at the recent Board of Education meeting.
“Dr. Kate Carbone is a very familiar face. She was the principal of Chippens Hill Middle School from 2006 until 2013, during which time Chippens Hill was named Middle School of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools,” Moreau said.
“She comes to us most recently as the chief of elementary and middle grade education in the Hartford public schools,” Moreau added. “And we just can’t wait till April 10 when she comes here and starts full time.”
Carbone said she was “honored and humbled” to have many of her former “teaching partners” from Chippens Hill with her at the board meeting.
“I am inspired by their continued commitment for leadership throughout the district, that’s pretty awesome,” she continued. “I look forward to working with you, to further your vision for the public school system, and I am confident that together we will help improve the conditions for students in Bristol.”
“During her tenure as principal as CHMS, Kate Carbone proved herself to be an outside-the-box problem solver, and strong disciplinarian,” said David Hayes, president of the Bristol Federation of Teachers, in a prepared statement after Carbone’s appointment was announced.
“Both qualities are welcome and needed here in Bristol,” Hayes said. “I’ve talked with many teachers the past few days who are glad to have her back. I’m looking forward to working with her again.”
Carbone received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut in 2015. She earned her superintendent certificate from Central Connecticut State University in 2009, her certificate of administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999, her master’s degree in upper intermediate education from SCSU in 1994, and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education/sociology from Assumption College in 1989.
She started her career as a middle school science teacher at St. Rita School in Hamden, and went on to teach in the Region 16 District and East Hartford, then serving as assistant principal and principal at East Hartford Middle School.
After leaving Chippens Hill in 2013, she went on to serve as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership in Hartford, moving up to her current position as chief of elementary and middle grades programming in 2017.
She will fill the position left vacant when Moreau took over as superintendent on Nov. 1, 2017. Moreau had served as deputy superintendent but moved up when the board approved an agreement for Ellen Solek to leave eight months before her contract was due to expire.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.