Romano named principal of Maple Hill Elementary School


By Andreas Yilma New citizens

NAUGATUCK — Maple Hill Elementary School will have new management for the next school year.

The school board has unanimously approved the hiring of Lisa Romano of Watertown as the school’s new principal. Current principal Cheryl Kane, who led the school for 8 years, will remain at the school until Romano takes over. Kane will then continue to work for the school board until his retirement in January.

Romano began her teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher at Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury, where she was a semi-finalist for Connecticut’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. She also recently worked as an academic academy supervisor for an accelerated school within Wallace Middle School in Waterbury.

Lisa Romano. Contributed

Romano was very grateful to have had the opportunity at the July 14 special school board meeting.

“It is a true honor to be able to serve the Naugatuck community, our teachers, our support staff, our parents but most importantly our students,” Romano said. “Our students are the reason I do the work I do and I look forward to meeting each and every one of them and getting to know them.”

Romano said that from an outward perspective, the school district looked like a place where teachers liked to teach and kids liked to be there and she felt that was the place for her to be.

Romano said that during the interview process, she got to know more stakeholders and realized her core values ​​as an educator aligned with those of the borough school system, such as high expectations, equity and inclusion, diversity and high achievement for all.

“These are all heart things, but the most important would definitely be relationships. Relationships with all community stakeholders, teachers, parents, students, is the way to go and there is no goal too big, no dream too lofty,” said Romano. “The sky is the limit for Maple Hill.

Romano holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education. She went on to earn her sixth-grade certificate in instructional leadership from the University of Bridgeport and graduated from the National Institute of School Leadership’s Executive Development Program.

Romano is working on her doctorate in education from the University of Bridgeport, which she hopes to complete in December.

“The Naugatuck Public Schools team is extremely excited to welcome Ms. Romano as the next Principal of Maple Hill School. Ms. Romano’s student-centered approach and passion for creating cultures of positivity and growth will serve the Maple Hill community well,” said Superintendent of Schools, Christopher Montini.


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