Greenwich Public Schools announce recent resignations

Greenwich High School house administrator announces retirement

After a distinguished 38-year career with the Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich High School’s Bella House Administrator Richard V. Alessi has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2016. Mr. Alessi has served as Bella House Administrator since 2012 and the head of the social studies department since 2007.

GHS Headmaster Chris Winters said, “Rich’s legacy is a powerful one. Always an innovator, he introduced team teaching (English/Social Studies) to Central Junior HS and was a mainstay of curriculum development projects in his years at Greenwich High School. As Program Administrator, he steered the department through a major set of revisions to bring it into compliance with the new state standards. This sea change in curriculum revisions involved profound changes in both emphasis, more contemporary issues getting highlighted, and in methodology, a shift towards inquiry teaching and interpreting primary sources. His steady hand and emphasis on empowering the staff during these years of change were a hallmark of his leadership. He will be genuinely missed.”

The search for a high school house administrator will begin immediately.

Bio Brief: Richard V. Alessi

Starting in the 1978-1979 school year as a social studies teacher at the then Central Junior High School, he rapidly became the social studies department leader before transferring to Greenwich High School in 1985. He soon became a senior teacher/learning facilitator before assuming departmental leadership as Program Administrator in 2007. He was named the Bella House Administrator in addition to his program leadership responsibilities in 2012.

His love of baseball and commitment to students feeling connected to their school community, led Mr. Alessi to his roles as coach and club advisor. He was the Head Baseball Coach at Central Junior HS and Assistant Varsity coach at Greenwich High School for many years. He was club advisor supporting GHS students in initiating the 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service Food Drive for Neighbor to Neighbor.

Mr. Alessi received a Bachelor of Science degree in English in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in early childhood education in 1981 from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. He received a Professional Diploma for advanced study in educational management from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT in 1984.

Finance supervisor accepts new Milford position

Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) Finance Supervisor Anthony Giovannone has accepted a position as the Director of Fiscal Services and Operations for the New Milford Public Schools, effective on or about March 14, 2016. Mr. Giovannone has been with the GPS since 2011, supporting the development and implementation of four operating budgets, completing the Town’s External Audit to the highest standards, and meeting annual State reporting requirements. Mr. Giovannone said, “I am grateful for the many opportunities that working for the Town of Greenwich for thirteen years has afforded me. I have learned so much from my colleagues in Town government and public education and appreciate their mentorship. I will miss my Greenwich colleagues, but am excited about my new role in New Milford.” GPS Managing Director of Operations Jim Hricay said, “Anthony has been a great asset to the Greenwich Public Schools and will be missed. We wish him well in his new position.”

Bio Brief: Anthony Giovannone

Mr. Giovannone began working for the Town of Greenwich in 2003 as a Financial Analyst in the Finance Department at Town Hall. In 2011, he was appointed Finance Supervisor for the Greenwich Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT in 2002.

Preschool program coordinator announces retirement

Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) Preschool Program Coordinator Dolores Kenny has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2016. An educator with the GPS since 1985, Dr. Kenny has led the District’s preschool program for the last eight years.

Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mary Forde said, “Dr. Kenny has had a significant impact on our preschool program during her tenure as the Coordinator. She has worked with staff to understand and implement the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards in all Greenwich Preschool classes. She is a tireless advocate for young children with disabilities and always celebrates the potential of each child. Dolores has also brought the early childhood perspective to the curriculum and achievement gap initiatives and has strengthened the partnerships with the private and public preschools in town. Her enthusiasm and commitment will be missed.”

Prior to her role leading the GPS preschool program, Dr. Kenny was the assistant principal at North Street School (NSS) for twenty-three years. During this time, she initiated one of the first social-emotional leaning programs in the District – a school-wide positive behavior system (Teamwork NSS), which evolved into the school’s character education program (R.E.A.C.H.). Throughout her career, Dr. Kenny has been committed to an inclusive model of educating students with special needs. While at NSS, she introduced co-teaching strategies for special and general education teachers, and developed a collaborative model for the structure of the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) team.

Bio Brief: Dolores Kenny

Prior to her tenure in Greenwich, Dr. Kenny taught in the Virginia Beach Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA for six years. She began teaching for the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) in 1985 as a Kindergarten teacher at Old Greenwich School. She moved to Hamilton Avenue School to teach second grade for two years, from 1990 to 1992. After teaching for one year (1992-1993) in the Fairfax County Public Schools, McLean, VA, she returned to the GPS as Assistant Principal for North Street School, where she remained for twenty-three years. During this time she served as Interim Principal for Old Greenwich School for one year (2005-2006.) She was appointed Program Coordinator for the District’s preschool program in 2008.

Throughout her tenure with the GPS, Dr. Kenny participated in numerous curriculum, instruction and program development initiatives, most recently serving as a member of the District’s Closing the Achievement Gap Committee. Her expertise on early childhood development and educating students at risk academically, as well as her collaborative work with local independent preschools, has established a solid foundation for progress in closing gaps in performance among student subgroups. Dr. Kenny is a 1989 recipient of the Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Award.

Dr. Kenny received a Bachelor of Science in degree in elementary education from State University College at New Paltz, NY, a Master of Science degree in early childhood education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, a Professional Diploma in administration from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

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