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Stamford Appoints 2 Principals, Special Education Assistant Director

Hubert Joseph Gordon will become principal of Northeast Elementary School on July 1. Photo Credit: Stamford Public Schools
Amy C. Beldotti will become principal of Toquam Magnet Elementary School on July 1. Photo Credit: Stamford Public Schools

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two new principals and an assistant director of special education will take over their new posts in July, Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Winifred Hamilton and the Board of Education announced Tuesday.

These are the three promotions in the Stamford Public Schools:

  • Amy C. Beldotti will become principal of Toquam Magnet Elementary School, taking over for Acting Principal Carol Pucella.
  • Hubert Joseph Gordon will become principal of Northeast Elementary School, replacing Connie Stevenson, who is retiring.
  • Susan Chandler will be assistant director of special education, replacing Sandra Nelson, who is retiring.

“I am very pleased to be able to fill these openings with such highly qualified candidates,” Hamilton said. “We are fortunate to be able to fill positions both from within our own district as well as attracting experienced candidates from other areas.”

Beldotti is currently assistant principal at Davenport Ridge Elementary School, a position she has held since 2011. She has worked in the school district for nearly 16 years. Before becoming assistant principal, Beldotti held the positions of individual learning needs coach, special education facilitator, and speech-language pathologist at Stillmeadow Elementary School. She earned a master of science in communication disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. She also holds a provisional intermediate administration and supervision certificate as well as a professional teacher certificate in PreK-12 speech-language pathology.

Gordon comes to the district from the International Community School of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. During his tenure there, he served as deputy head of school, elementary principal, Pre-K to 8 principal, and instructional coach. He also worked as a middle school assistant principal in the Bronx, N.Y., and as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Gordon earned a master of education from Bank Street College; a master of art in teaching social studies from CUNY Lehman College; and a master of arts in theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary.

Chandler will be responsible for assisting in the oversight and evaluation of special education programs and in supervising the special education process and staff. This position reports to the director of student support services and special programs. Chandler has been in the district since 1978 and has worked as a special education teacher at both Stamford High School and Dolan Middle School. She has also served as the department head of special education at Stamford High School. Chandler holds a bachelor of science and a master of education in special education from Southern Connecticut State University as well as a sixth-year degree in educational leadership.

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