Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea has announced that Mr. John Grasso will continue to serve as Interim Principal for Hamilton Avenue School for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Grasso has served in the position since the start of school this year. Prior to his retirement from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Mr. Grasso held a leadership position at Riverside School for eighteen years and served as Interim Parkway School Principal for the 2016-2017 school year.
Dr. Gildea said, "I pleased and grateful that Mr. Grasso has agreed to provide continuity of leadership in the short-term for Hamilton Avenue School as we continue the search for a long-term Principal for the school. Mr. Grasso's expertise, leadership, and strong connection with our learning community is most valued. His contagious positive energy brings the students, staff, and our entire community together to support our young learners in an environment of care, mutual respect, and support. It is our great pleasure to welcome Mr. Grasso back to this important leadership role for the 2018/2019 school year."
Bio Brief: John Grasso
John Grasso began teaching in 1975 for the Stamford Public Schools, Stamford, CT as a fifth grade teacher at Rogers International School. In 1979 he moved to the Westover Magnet School as a Community Liaison and Team Leader. He left teaching in 1982 to work in the private sector, returning to field in 1988 as a sixth grade teacher at Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford where he remained for six years. In 1994, he came to the Greenwich Public Schools as Assistant Principal of Riverside School where he maintained a leadership role for eighteen years, becoming Principal in 2000. In 2010-11, Mr. Grasso took on the role of the Advanced Learning Program Coordinator, while maintaining the leadership of Riverside School, in order to assist in the transition of leadership for that position and oversee a program review. After retiring from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Mr. Grasso has held a number of consulting and interim leadership positions in Fairfield County schools, including as interim principal at Royle Elementary School in Darien, CT from 2014 to 2016 and Parkway School in Greenwich for the 2016-2017 school year.
Mr. Grasso received a bachelors degree from St. John's University, Queens, NY; a masters degree from City College of New York (CCNY) in Curriculum Development; and a 6th Year Administrator Certificate from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.