William Cieslukowski First Year Principal

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William Cieslukowski First Year Principal Award Info
To honor William Cieslukowski, a dedicated school principal and former president of the Elementary & Middle School Principals of Connecticut, this award recognizes a first year elementary, middle and high school principal who have had a positive impact on their school or school district. The recipients must demonstrate exemplary instructional and organizational leadership, a willingness to take risks, and the ability to overcome adversity.

Nominations may be made by superintendents, teachers, or colleague principals.
William Cieslukowski First Year Principal Award Recipients
Year Level First Name Last Name School City/Town
2019-2020 Elementary Dina Senecal Somers Elementary School Somers
Middle Level No recipient for 2019-20
High School Kathleen Simoneau Connecticut IB Academy East Hartford
2018-2019 Elementary No recipient for 2018-19
Middle Level Jason Bitgood East Lyme Middle School East Lyme
High School Michelle Zawawi Rockville High School Vernon
2017-2018 Elementary Deborah Osvald Wakelee Elementary School Wolcott
Middle No recipient for 2017-18
High School No recipient for 2017-18
2016-2017 Elementary No recipient for 2016-17
Middle Level Susan Czapla Silas Deane Middle School Wethersfield
High School Anna Mahon Amity Regional High School Woodbridge (Region 5)
2015-2016 Elementary Christian Strickland Deep River Elementary School Region 4
Middle Level Dr. Frank LaBanca Westside Middle School Academy Danbury
High School Eric Graf Central High School Bridgeport
2014-2015 Elementary Billy Shea John B. Stanton School Norwich
Middle Level Mandy Ryan Old Saybrook Middle School Old Saybrook
High School Sheila Riffle Old Saybrook High School Old Saybrook
2013-2014 Elementary Elsie Torres-Brown John Barry Elementary School Meriden
Middle Level Anthony Menard East Hartford Middle School East Hartford
High School Alan Strauss The Gilbert School Winsted
2012-2013 Elementary Robert Nagashima Wakelee Elementary School Wolcott
Middle Level No award recipient for 2012-2013
High School Kristina Martineau Valley Regional High School Deep River
Dr. Nicholas Spera Marine Science Magnet High School New London
2011-2012 Elementary Scott Baker Tarriffville School Tarriffville
Middle Level Christopher Sandford Wheeler Middle/High School North Stonington
High School James Wygonik Lyme-Old Lyme High School Old Lyme
2010-2011 Elementary Desi Nesmith Sand Elementary School Hartford
Middle Level Nathan Quesnel East Hartford Middle School East Hartford
High School Paul Brenton Putnam High School Putnam
2009-2010 Elementary Margaret Zacchei Alfred Hanmer School Wethersfield
Middle Level John Fidler East Hampton Middle School East Hampton
High School Ian Neviaser Valley Regional High School Deep River
2008-2009 Elementary Bruce Lazar Chalk Hill Elementary School Monroe
Middle Level Susan Homrok Henry James Memorial Middle School Simsbury
High School Carol Birks Warren Harding High School Bridgeport
2007-2008 Elementary Josephine Smith Dr. Ramon E. Betances Elementary School Hartford
Middle Level Jason Lambert Martin Kellogg Middle School Newington
High School Bryan Luizzi Brookfield High School Brookfield