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Principal of Westover
Dear Westover Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am a 33 year veteran educator. I began my career in SPS as a classroom teacher at Northeast Elementary School. From there my passion for teaching took me to Davenport Ridge to take on a leadership role as the Program Improvement Planner and eventually Assistant Principal. I have served as Assistant Principal at both Davenport Ridge and Stillmeadow. In 2013, I was proudly appointed the top spot at Newfield Elementary School where I served as principal for the last 8 years. I am incredibly proud of the work we did while I was there. We formed a lasting partnership with Building 1 Community which enabled us to foster strong bonds with our English Language Learning families and students. We embraced the Common Core State Standards and were among the highest schools in the district on the state “report card” known as the School Performance Index (SPI). We ran a “kindness” campaign and a student mentoring program that is still running strong.

I believe that elementary schools lay the foundation for students for years to come.  Social Emotional learning   should be at the forefront of our intentional practice and nothing can replace strong instructional practices. Learning should be rigorous, but school should be a safe place where students and staff want to come.  All students can achieve at high levels starting with a strong foundation. School should be a happy place!

Personally, I was born and raised in Stamford as were my husband and 2 children. We are all products of SPS. My boys both attend High Point University in North Carolina and we could not be more proud of them! I welcome you to reach out to say hello. I promise to treat your children the way I would treat my own.  

Sincerely,

Lisa Saba-Price

lprice@stamfordct.gov

 

 

Keriann Maxelix Assistant Principal

Dear Westover Community,

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Westover’s Assistant Principal, a position I have held since the 2016-2017 school year.   Westover is such an amazing place, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the Westover Family!

I found my passion to teach early in life. I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. I obtained my Master of Science in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, with a concentration in both Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities. After being in the classroom, I wanted to impact more children which led to a sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport. Prior to my tenure at Westover, I served as a Curriculum Associate for Data Monitoring (K-12). I also served on the district’s K-5 Literacy Professional Development Team, which gave me a chance to work with the many amazing educators and school leaders around the district.   Prior to working in SPS, I was a Special Education teacher in the Bridgeport Public Schools district for six years. In that role, I designed and developed a specialized inclusion program, served as a reading interventionist, and a specialized reading instructor.

In my current role at Westover, I support all aspects of the instructional program, Arts Magnet, and daily overall operations.  Building community is important to me.  I look forward to connecting with the new families to our school each year and continuing to foster the current relationships and the development of our current students.  It is my aspiration to uphold the highest standards in education to support the academic and social emotional needs of our students.  I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming school events!

Personally, I am proud to live in Stamford, and have a middle school age son who attends the Stamford Public Schools.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Sincerely,

Keriann Maxelix

kmaxelix@stamfordct.gov

Dear Westover Community,
My name is Kathleen Quaglino, and I feel truly thankful to be the newest addition to the leadership team at Westover.  I have worked for the Stamford Public Schools since 1998 in various capacities: first as a Special Education preschool teacher, a teacher of students on the Autism Spectrum, and as IEP compliance support teacher.  Since 2016, I have been working in the district as an Assistant Director of Special Education.  During my time in the role, I wore several different hats:  supervising our special education reading initiative, creating and supporting all of our specialized programs, and creating a process for students to receive behavioral supports as part of their educational programming.  
As my three boys have grown and become more independent, I came to the realization that I missed being a part of a school community.  I have had the benefit of nurturing and supportive school environments that are not just for kids, they are for families.  Our schools and classrooms are places where our kids make lasting friendships, and we as parents do as well.  I hope to be part of this environment at Westover.
Lastly, while I will be supporting the Special Education Team at Westover, I also will be learning from two of the best leaders in the district.  Mrs. Saba-Price and Ms. Maxelix have already started to share their wisdom and philosophies and I am looking forward to the upcoming year!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quaglino