For two years, Kristine Reed Woleck worked as the assistant principal of East Elementary School. And on July 1, she will return to the Little Brook Road s chool to assume her new role as principal of East.
Woleck will succeed Alexandra Potts who will retire June 30.
Highly regarded throughout the district for her many contributions, Woleck has served as assistant principal at West Elementary School since October 2013 and Assistant Principal at East Elementary School from August 2011 until her move to West.
With an extensive background in mathematics education, she joined New Canaan Public Schools as the mathematics specialist at South School in 2002 and served as New Canaan’s Elementary Mathematics Coordinator (K-5) from 2004 to 2011. Prior to joining NCPS, Woleck was a staff developer in Hudson, MA and a first-grade teacher in Wilton.
In addition to instructional and administrative roles within New Canaan Public Schools, in 2009 Woleck was selected as one of 10 Classroom Teacher Fellows nationally in conjunction with the United States Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program. She is also a published writer.
Woleck is a graduate of Tufts University where she earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in Child Studies. She also earned a master's degree in Education from Bank Street College and a Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Woleck's appointment is the result of a search process that included East parent, faculty and staff focus groups and the formation of an elementary principal search committee. Led by Gary Kass, NCPS Director of Human Resources, the search committee was comprised of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil and Family Services, the K-4 Language Arts Coordinator, two principals, teachers from East School, PTC members from East School, and a member of the Board of Education.
Kass said, “I know I speak for many when I say I am very excited to welcome Kris (back) to East and the new opportunities available to her as its principal. She has been an exemplary educational leader and has consistently demonstrated her dedication to excellence on so many levels.”