Principal, St. Catherine of Siena School (Trumbull, CT)

Principal, St. Catherine of Siena School (Trumbull, CT)

Founded in 1965, St. Catherine of Siena School has been successfully shaping the lives of young children from preschool through middle school, for many years. SCSS is
purposefully a small school, fostering close personal connections between students and their peers and students and the adult role models. The faculty is intentional in
the ways that they work with children to build a sense of community and to help them understand their role within this Catholic community.

Today a faith based curriculum is the foundation for the school’s academic excellence, complemented with state-of-the-art instructional technology as well as advanced science and math programming. Consistent with other Catholic schools in Fairfield County with US Department of Education Blue Ribbon designation, the school’s academic program includes curriculum mapping, differentiated instruction, and ongoing faculty professional development to ensure students continue to meet and exceed state proficiency tests in reading and math. We continue to actively work on its mission and rigorous curriculum that is designed to support the needs of 21stcentury students.

One of the major innovations that we have embraced in our educational mission is the use of “personalized blended learning.” Simply put, this model blends traditional classroom instruction with an online diagnostic set of tools that allow teachers to understand the mechanics of how each student learns (personalized approach), allowing the teacher to give direct assistance in those areas that a student may find challenging, all the while allowing the same student to excel in areas that he or she can understand easily.

SCSS encourages the children to develop their unique gifts and talents intellectually, physically, and spiritually. They build upon their individual strengths, basic skills, and knowledge to help each child reach their potential. In addition to the curriculum, the academic week is enriched by classes in world language, art, music, and physical education. They begin every day with prayer, attend Mass together regularly, and provide opportunities for classes to engage in prayer services.

In all grade levels, students develop knowledge of Sacred Scripture, Sacraments, Catholic Doctrine, Liturgy and Worship. Students learn firsthand how to live a life of service to God by participating in school wide community service projects that extend to organizations as well as the greater global community.

The St. Catherine of Siena School Principal is the leader of the school and is appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, reports to the Superintendent of Schools and works collaboratively with the Pastor, School Advisory Board (SAB), and Home School Association (HSA). The highest priority of the Principal is the building of a Catholic community of faith that provides for the spiritual, moral, educational, intellectual, aesthetical, emotional, social, and physical needs of the students in the school.

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