Tracey Magnet School has a new permanent principal and assistant principal after the appointments at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.
NORWALK — Tracey Magnet School now has a permanent principal and assistant principal.
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointments of Lindsay Esposito, who had been serving as the acting interim principal, and Cherie Duque, who had been the interim assistant principal.
Esposito, the previous curriculum and site director for Tracey, said she has been at the school for three years and has taught in Norwalk for 17 years. As she spoke at the meeting about prioritizing mental health and giving students a sense of belonging, she was surrounded by a group of supporters, including students.
"Lindsay Esposito, our new principal at Tracey Magnet School, had already established strong relationships with the Tracey staff, families and students," Executive Director of Leadership Development Mary-Anne Sheppard wrote in a statement. "She understands their needs and the culture at Tracey."
While Duque has only been at Tracey for two months, she has 19 years of education experience.
In her statement, Sheppard said Duque is "very committed to the Tracey community."
"She possessed great experience in instruction leadership with the schools and strong communication skills," she said.
Danielle Brown was also appointed to the position of education administrator for school support and improvement for humanities.
Sheppard said Brown will "provide on-site support for school administrators and instructional coaches in specific areas of need in literacy and or social studies instruction."
"Brown has served as a teacher, department chair and coach at Brien McMahon High School," Sheppard wrote in her statement. "In the last year, she was serving on the district’s curriculum team and supporting the work of the leadership team. Anyone who’s worked with Brown knows her high level of skill and commitment to improving the achievement of all our students. She will oversee the professional learning for our coaches and will lead cycles of support in many of NPS’ schools."
The Board of Education also approved a new nepotism policy that will include a new question on job applications for candidates to indicate whether they have any family members who are Norwalk schools employees. School board members said the policy should be reinforced yearly with employees and pointed out it's particularly important for people in supervisory roles.
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