STAMFORD, Conn. — There's new leadership lined up for Rippowam Middle School in Stamford, Superintendent Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education announced.
Sid Watson was approved as the assistant principal at Rippowam on Tuesday at the regular school board meeting. The appointment is effective July 1.
Watson is replacing Michael Rinaldi, who was recently named principal at Westhill High School. For the past year, Watson has been an instructional math coach at Rippowam, supporting teachers with best practices on the teaching and learning of mathematics.
“I have enjoyed working at Rippowam for the past year and am very excited to continue my career there as assistant principal,” said Watson. “I especially look forward to helping our students understand that they have control over developing the best version of themselves through the integration of IB principles.”
Watson began his career in education in 2006 as a mathematics teacher for Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia. In 2010, he became a mathematics teacher at Stamford High School. He later served as curriculum associate for secondary mathematics. Watson holds a bachelor's in mathematics from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., and a master's in educational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.
“Mr. Watson emerged from a very impressive and robust administrator candidate pool of more than 90 applicants,” said Assistant Superintendent--Secondary Michael Fernandes. “He not only brings strong leadership experience from his current and previous roles in our district but also possesses a deep passion and commitment for education and the students he serves here.”
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