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Westhill Graduate Will Become Principal At Alma Mater In Stamford

Michael Rinaldi will become the new principal at Westhill High School in Stamford.
Michael Rinaldi will become the new principal at Westhill High School in Stamford. Photo Credit: Twitter

STAMFORD, Conn.— New principals will take the reins of leadership at two Stamford schools, Superintendent Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education announced Tuesday.

Angela Asaro will be the new principal at Stillmeadow Elementary School, where she began her teaching career.

Michael Rinaldi will become the new principal at Westhill High School, his alma mater.

Both positions are effective July 1.

“It is the honor of my career to be appointed the principal of Westhill High School,” said Rinaldi. "Westhill is where I discovered the passion for this work, and I can’t wait to return to where my journey in education began."

Rinaldi has been assistant principal at Rippowam Middle School for the past four years, and will take over for WHS Principal Camille Figluizzi, who is retiring.

“Mike’s extensive experience and leadership as an assistant principal, his track record of success as an educator, and deep roots in Stamford make him an ideal fit for Westhill,” said Michael Fernandes, assistant superintendent-secondary. “I am confident that he has the skills and passion to carry on the commitment and success of Ms. Figluizzi.”

Rinaldi, a Stamford native and graduate of Westhill High School, has 29 years of experience in Stamford as an elementary and secondary regular and special education teacher, as well as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Asaro has been assistant principal at Toquam Elementary School for the past three years, and will be replacing current Stillmeadow Principal Michael Sanders, who is retiring.

“I am very excited for Angela and for the families of Stillmeadow,” said Tamu Lucero, assistant superintendent-elementary. “Angela’s natural leadership style, caring personality and years of experience at Stillmeadow will be an asset to its community as she continues the fine work of Dr. Sanders.”

Asaro spent eight years at Stillmeadow as a student teacher, teacher and assistant principal, before joining the administrative team at Toquam.

“I am thrilled to return to Stillmeadow, where I began my teaching career, and I look forward to reconnecting with the students, families and staff,” said Asaro. “I am confident that my leadership experience in both business and education will provide new opportunities for student learning, and build on Stillmeadow’s successes.”

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