Eastern Middle School assistant principal announces plans to retire

James (Jim) Shukie

James (Jim) Shukie

Eastern Middle School (EMS) Assistant Principal since 1985, James (Jim) Shukie has announced his retirement, effective January 26, 2016. During his tenure with Eastern, the school has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education and as a School of Distinction by the Connecticut State Department of Education, largely due to Shukie’s commitment to the academic success of each student.

EMS Principal Ralph Mayo said, “Jim Shukie is a passionate educator who has built deep connections within the Eastern Middle School community for the past 30 years. He has played a key role in the success of our school and has been a role model for both our students and staff. His ability to establish strong relationships with parents, teachers, and students has shaped the positive school culture that is present at EMS. It has been my great pleasure and honor to work with Jim; his commitment and dedication to the Eastern Middle School community will be greatly missed.”

Lora Parisi

Lora Parisi

Lora Parisi has been appointed as an EMS Assistant Principal after having served in the role in an interim capacity since the start of the 2014-2015 school year, while Assistant Principal Joanna Savino took leave. Effective January 25, 2016, Parisi will assume the permanent position left vacant by Shukie’s retirement, and Savino will return to her position as an EMS Assistant Principal.

Joanna Savino

Joanna Savino

Mayo said, “Parisi has proven to be an exceptional leader in her role as interim assistant principal. Her strong counseling background enables her to masterfully assist students in working through their academic and social-emotional concerns. She is adept at supporting staff in implementing instructional best practices, and is a collaborative leader, who honors and values the opinions of all constituents.”

Administrative candidates are selected after a comprehensive search and appointment process, which includes widespread recruitment efforts, multiple interviews, and extensive reference and background checks.

Bio Brief: James Shukie

Shukie began teaching in 1973 at the St. Louis School in New Haven, CT, now closed. In 1978, he moved to the Norwalk Public Schools as a Social Studies teacher until assuming the role of Assistant Principal for Eastern Middle School in 1985. In addition to his instructional leadership role, Shukie has been instrumental in spearheading the school’s Service for Others program, participating on the School Improvement Team, and chairing the Tools for Schools Committee. Shukie received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1972, a Master of Arts in American Studies in 1978, and Sixth Year Certificate in Education Administration in 1985 from Fairfield University, in Fairfield, CT.

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Bio Brief: Lora Parisi

Parisi began her career in education as a Guidance Counselor with the Greenwich Public Schools at Western Middle School (WMS). In 2012, she took on the leadership role for Pupil Personnel Services at WMS, and in 2014 became the Interim Assistant Principal at Eastern Middle School.

Parisi received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology in Human Relations from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY in 2004; a Master of Education and Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY in 2006, and a Sixth Year Certificate in Education Administration from the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Stamford, CT in 2014.

Bio Brief: Joanna Savino

Savino began teaching in 2005 with the Greenwich Public Schools at Central Middle School as a Social Studies Teacher. In 2006, she transferred to Eastern Middle School, completing a two-year administrator internship with EMS Principal Ralph Mayo in May 2012. She was appointed EMS Assistant Principal effective July 2012.

Savino received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College, Providence, RI in 2004, an Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT in 2005, and completed her Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 2012.

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