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GPS Middle School Assistant Principal Moves to Central Office Administration
GPS Middle School Assistant Principal Moves to Central Office Administration

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea has announced the appointment of Ms. Shamain Johnson as the Assistant Director of Certified Staff in the Human Resources Department of the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS), effective, July 1, 2018. With the GPS since 2014 as Assistant Principal at Central Middle School, Ms. Johnson shares, "I am extremely honored to be appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Human Resources. I look forward to this new endeavor and opportunity to serve Greenwich Public Schools in a greater capacity. Central Middle School will always have a special place in my heart. It has been a pleasure to work with amazing students and a talented group of professionals committed to helping children reach new heights."

In addition to her general responsibilities as an assistant principal, Ms. Johnson has made a notable impact in coordinating professional development in support of Response to Intervention practices; facilitating shifts in the instructional model for delivering special education services, and in her use of evidenced-based decision making to support school improvement planning.

CMS Principal Tom Healy noted, "Shamain's professionalism and ability to connect with all members of a school community are directly responsible for the gains we have made in transforming the teaching and learning at CMS. While I will miss her presence and expertise on my school based leadership team, the Greenwich Public Schools will benefit having her as the new Assistant Director of Certified Staff for the Human Resources department."

The Assistant Director will assist in planning and conducting certified staff and substitute teacher recruitment activities, coordinating interview processes, credential review and reference checking, organizing orientation and onboarding practices, projecting staffing needs, and supporting evaluations as assigned.

Director of Human Resources Mr. Bob Stacy said, "Shamain will be an excellent addition to the Human Resources Team. She brings a strong focus on attracting, training, supporting and retaining the highest quality educators for Greenwich. Her experience, her confidence and her vision will ensure the Human Resources Department continues to provide high quality support to our varied customers, with an eye to continuous improvement in our recruitment, hiring and onboarding practices."

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

The search for an Assistant Principal for Central Middle School will begin immediately.

Human Resources Legacy Retires

The Assistant Director position was open due to the upcoming retirement of a legacy in the Human Resources Department, Mrs. Marj Klar. Having joined the GPS in 1982, Mrs. Klar taught world languages at the then junior highs and at the high school, adding the human resources role as Personnel Specialist at Central Office in 1999. Since that time, Ms. Klar has been responsible for facilitating the hiring and onboarding of virtually every teacher, administrator and substitute currently working for the GPS. Stacy continues, "The quality of our educators is top notch due to the efforts of Marj Klar, as is the ever increasing diversity of our educators." The role Mrs. Klar currently holds has been shifted to administration in order to enhance the support provided to school leaders on the evaluation, training and accountability of our certified staff.

Bio Brief: Shamain Johnson

An educator for twenty years, and prior to joining the Greenwich Public Schools, Ms. Johnson worked for the Stratford Public Schools from 2005 to 2014. Over that nine-year period, she served as administrator and teacher for students from Preschool through Grade 12. Prior to her work in the Stratford schools, Ms. Johnson taught in the Hamden and Stamford, CT public schools. She has extensive experience in the special and general education settings, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT since 2009.

Teaching and Administrator Positions:

  • 2012-2014 Assistant Principal/Early Learning Services Coordinator (Elementary/Preschool)– Stratford Public Schools, Stratford, CT
  • 2011-2012 Department Head of Alternative Services - Stratford Public Schools, Stratford, CT
  • 2006-2011 Administrative Designee - Stratford Academy, Stratford Public Schools, Stratford, CT
  • 2005-2006 Special Education Teacher/Alternative Intervention Program - Stratford Public Schools, Stratford, CT
  • 2004-2005 PPT Facilitator – Stamford Public Schools, Stamford, CT
  • 2003-2004 Special Education Teacher – Dolan Middle School, Stamford Public Schools, Stamford, CT
  • 1998-2004 Lead Teacher – Wintergreen Magnet School, ACES, Hamden, CT

Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (1998), a Masters in Learning Disabilities (2003), and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma for Educational Leadership (2009) from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

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