Bristol Public Schools name principal for Arts and Innovation Magnet School

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:25
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – Dr. Samantha Sarli has been named the new principal in the 2022 to 2023 school year for the Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School by the Bristol Public Schools Board of Education.

“I am extremely honored to continue serving the Bristol community in my new role,” said Sarli. “Bristol AIMS will put our students ahead of the pack in choosing and exploring all pathways and finding their concentrations to enhance their personalized learning. I look forward to fostering strong partnerships and expanding opportunities for our Bristol students.”

Sarli has served as a chair for the BPS Elementary Principal Scheduling Committee and played a vital role in creating special schedules across the district along with curricula. Since 2018, she has led school activities as the supervisor of fine arts for the district. Sarli worked with the New Haven Public Schools system in a kindergarten through eighth grade building as an instructional coach assisting families, educational staff and other community partners in the struggle against literacy deficiency.

The new principal has also been recognized for her vision in “wrap-around services,” said school officials, which focused on housing and food security, student mentorship programs and family mental health. Among these initiatives were a family legal clinic, dental clinic and family resource center housed in a central location. A program which received an Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant was created by Sarli as one of the first successful string programs at Augusta Lewis Troup School.

The new principal was also an all-city orchestra director for New Haven Public Schools while collaborating with Yale University as she supervised graduate students who helped in classroom instruction.

“Dr. Sarli is a visionary and advocate for the arts with a knack for building community,” said Superintendent Dr. Catherine Carbone. “We are very fortunate to have her as the first principal of our new Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School.”

Sarli has a doctorate of education with focuses in learning, teacher, curriculum and leadership from Northeastern University. She earned her undergraduate in education from Western Connecticut State University and a master of science in education.

For more information, BPS Executive Director of Communications, Community Partnerships and Strategic Planning Brian Burke can be contacted at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:25. Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:27.