Posted Date: 02/11/2021
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Masone will be appointed principal of Cranbury Elementary School effective July 1, 2021.
Dr. Masone brings with her strong leadership skills and the ability to create and implement effective strategies to facilitate school improvement and student learning. We want to express our gratitude to Michael Clyne, who filled in this year as Cranbury interim principal.
Prior to her role as interim principal at Nathan Hale Middle School during the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Masone served as principal at Wolfpit Elementary School for five years. During her tenure at Wolfpit, she helped transition the school from a traditional program to one with an arts oriented focus. Dr. Masone supported this shift by hiring related staff, developing a five-year implementation plan, and revising curriculum.
Throughout her career, Dr. Masone has honed her leadership skills through a variety of opportunities, including work on important issues affecting children and government policy. As a part of the Education Policy Fellowship Program, Dr. Masone developed diverse and collaborative community relationships with strategic leaders for effective public policy. Her work on a brief called “Saving Children’s Lives Through Water Safety Awareness Instruction: Is it Worth Our Time?” resulted in a legislative roundtable discussion, press conference, task force, and Governor’s proclamation of May 2017 as Water Safety Month in Connecticut. Following this, she was appointed by the Connecticut Commission of Women, Children, and Seniors to Co-Chair the State Legislative Task Force on Water Safety Awareness.
Dr. Masone’s familiarity and research of urban school districts has provided her with the skills needed to lead and connect successfully with NPS students, staff and community members. She served as Urban School Leader fellow and was selected to participate in the inaugural year of the fellowship sponsored by The CT Center for School Change, Fairfield County Community Foundation, and Institute for Urban School Improvement, Neag School of Education. During her fellowship, she focused on developing strategies and skills to lead an urban school to improve student learning through case studies, project-based learning and action research.
Prior to her role as principal at Wolfpit, Dr. Masone was assistant principal at Hindley Elementary School in Darien where she was responsible for supporting a positive school climate, supervising staff and evaluations, and professional development activities related to district and school improvement plans. She began her educational career as a first grade and fifth grade bi-lingual teacher before taking on the role of assistant principal at Brookside Elementary School. She also served on the Board of Directors at the Westport Weston Family YMCA for two years.
Dr. Masone holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport, Master of Arts in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairfield University. She is certified in intermediate administration or supervision for elementary and bilingual pre-K-12.