Stamford, CT - Superintendent Stamford Public Schools (SPS) Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) named Angela Asaro Principal Stillmeadow Elementary School, and Michael Rinaldi Principal Westhill High School (WHS), at the Tuesday, April 25, 2017, BOE meeting. Both positions are effective July 1, 2017.
“The method for selecting the best candidates to lead each of our schools is rigorous and thorough,” said SPS Superintendent Earl Kim. “The input we received throughout the interview and selection process from staff members, parents and fellow administrators was critical in making our final decisions. I know Angela and Mike will be positive forces in their respective schools.”
Asaro has been assistant principal at Toquam Elementary School for the past three years, and will be replacing current Stillmeadow Principal Dr. Michael Sanders, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
“I am very excited for Angela and for the families of Stillmeadow,” said Dr. Tamu Lucero, assistant superintendent-elementary. “Angela’s natural leadership style, caring personality and years of experience at Stillmeadow will be an asset to its community as she continues the fine work of Dr. Sanders.”
Asaro spent eight years at Stillmeadow in the roles of student teacher, teacher and assistant principal, before joining the administrative team at Toquam. She holds a B.S., Business Administration, from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; an M.S., Elementary Education, from the University of Bridgeport; and an Administrator Certification from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. Asaro began her career in business and also holds an A.A.S., Buying and Merchandising, from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City.
“I am thrilled to return to Stillmeadow, where I began my teaching career, and I look forward to reconnecting with the students, families and staff,” said Asaro. “I am confident that my leadership experience in both business and education will provide new opportunities for student learning, and build on Stillmeadow’s successes.”
Rinaldi has been assistant principal at Rippowam Middle School for the past four years, and will take over for WHS Principal Camille Figluizzi, who will also retire at the end of this school year.
“Mike’s extensive experience and leadership as an assistant principal, his track record of success as an educator, and deep roots in Stamford make him an ideal fit for Westhill,” said Dr. Michael Fernandes, assistant superintendent-secondary. “I am confident that he has the skills and passion to carry on the commitment and success of Ms. Figluizzi.”
Rinaldi, a Stamford native and graduate of Westhill High School, has 29 years of experience in Stamford as an elementary and secondary regular and special education teacher, as well as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He holds a B.S., Special Education, from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.S., Education and Administrator Certification from the University of Bridgeport.
“It is the honor of my career to be appointed the principal of Westhill High School,” said Rinaldi. Westhill is where I discovered the passion for this work, and I can’t wait to return to where my journey in education began.