WMS names new assistant principal

Suzanne Coyne

Suzanne Coyne

Superintendent of Schools William S. McKersie has appointed Suzanne Coyne as a Western Middle School Assistant Principal.

Ms. Coyne, whose appointment was effective July 1, has been an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools since 1997. Her current position is as a district special education instructional coach, which she has held for the last seven years. In her 17 years with the district, Ms. Coyne has demonstrated an expertise in instructional and behavioral intervention strategies in both the special and general education areas.

Her peers called her an outstanding coach who collaborates to meet the needs of the students.

“We are very excited to welcome Suzanne Coyne to Western. She stood out among a very strong candidate pool. What most impressed me about Suzanne, was how well her skill set matches our needs and compliments the work that the staff has been engaged in this year,” said Western Middle School Principal Gordon Beinstein. “Specifically, her expertise in special education, her experience in coaching staff, and her work assisting the teachers with the creation of interventions, which allow all students to meet with success. While we are sad to see Al Sackey move on, I have all the confidence that Suzanne can continue his fine work and allow us to move Western Middle School forward in the coming years.”

Since working in Greenwich in 1997, she’s worked with staff in almost every public school in town, including Western Middle School. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher at Arch School, the district’s alternative high school. There, she taught American history, math and literature courses and also developed and implemented students’ Individual Educational Programs (IEP.)

During her three years at Arch School, she also worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich as the Learning Center Educational Director, serving K-12 students after school with homework assistance, service programs, and skill-based learning activities.

In 2001, Ms. Coyne moved to Central Middle School (CMS) as a special education teacher. For the next six years, she developed, implemented and monitored student IEPs, co-taught social studies and science classes, taught a special education math class and coached the CMS’ girls basketball team.

In her current position as District Special Education Instructional Coach, she trains and supports K-8 special education staff with writing and implementing IEPs, including preparing for IEP meetings, collecting and analyzing data and using appropriate instructional and behavior strategies. She collaborates with general education instructional coaches and teachers to develop co-teaching strategies. She has provided professional learning opportunities on the Response to Intervention (RTI) and Student Assistance Team (SAT) practices, co-teaching models and behavior intervention strategies. Ms. Coyne has also presented parent workshops on assessment accommodations, IEP forms, assessments for students with comprehensive needs, and triennial evaluations.

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