Dr. Masone Named Interim Principal of Nathan Hale

Dr. Jennifer Masone Named Interim Principal of Nathan Hale
Posted on 06/03/2020
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Norwalk Public Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Masone has been selected as interim principal of Nathan Hale Middle School effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Masone brings with her strong leadership skills and the ability to create and implement effective strategies to facilitate school improvement and student learning.

For the past five years, Dr. Masone was principal at Wolfpit Elementary School. 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. Dr. Masone will bring her work to her new role, providing students in the Nathan Hale feeder pattern with the opportunity to continue to experience learning with an art emphasis.

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, Dr. Masone 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. Dr. Masone began her educational career as a first grade and fifth grade bilingual 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.

We thank Dr. Masone for her dedication to Wolfpit and wish her the best in her new role at Nathan Hale.