2016-17 Administrative Appointments

PRESS RELEASE:  January 5, 2017
From: Jeffrey A. Schumann, Superintendent of Schools

The Enfield Board of Education is proud to announce the appointment of Nancy Hayes as a Special Education Coordinator for the district and Bob Fenton as the interim Principal at Henry Barnard Elementary School. 

Mrs. Hayes earned a Bachelor Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading from SUNY at Albany, her 6th Level C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut and additional 6th Level C.A.G.S. in Special Education from Westfield State.  Mrs. Hayes is looking forward to serving the Enfield community in this new role for all students in Enfield.

Mr. Fenton retired from the Enfield Public Schools as the Principal from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Eli Whitney in 2012.  Since his retirement, he has also served as interim House Master at John F. Kennedy Middle School and the Interim Vice Principal at Enrico Fermi High School.

Please join us and welcome both Mrs. Hayes and Mr. Fenton in their new roles in the district.


Posted:  01-13-17

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PRESS RELEASE – August 19, 2016

The Enfield Public Schools is pleased and excited to announce the following administrative additions and changes effective July 1, 2016.

Andrew Longey – Enfield High School Principal

Andrew Longey has served as an assistant principal at both John F. Kennedy Middle School and Enfield High School for the past twelve years.  He was appointed the Interim Principal at Enfield High School in 2014 and is now the Enfield High School Principal.  He attended Springfield College to attain his Bachelor’s Degree in History Education.  He then completed his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He started his teaching career at an inner-city school in the Denver area teaching history and English.  Once he returned home to New England, Andy completed his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Westfield State University in School Administration.  He worked one year as an Assistant Principal in Easthampton, MA before coming to Enfield. 

Andy helped bring in a very successful “Raider Reward” incentive program to Enfield High School, helped implement the Rachel’s Challenge program, and led the creation and implementation of the district’s safe school climate anti-bullying plan.  Andy co-chaired the new teacher evaluation plan and oversaw its inception and completion.  When Andy is not roaming the halls of Enfield High school, he likes to coach soccer, fly fish, camp, and spend time with his wife and three children.

Erin Clark – Enfield High School Assistant Principal

Erin Clark was appointed Interim Assistant Principal at Enfield High School in 2014 and served in that role for the past two years.  She is now one of the two assistant principals at Enfield High School.  Prior to her service in administration, she worked as a social studies teacher at Enrico Fermi High School and Ridgefield High School.  Erin is a product of the Enfield Public School system, graduating from Enrico Fermi High School in 1999.  Erin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2003, a Master’s Degree in Education in 2007, and a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut in 2014. 

In the past two years as an assistant principal, Erin has focused her efforts on improving teaching and learning.  She played a role in implementing Learning Walks for teachers and led professional development on improving student discourse.  She spearheaded efforts to help at-risk students, including reforming the Student Intervention Team and related programs.   Furthermore, Erin helped coordinate several events to improve school climate.  In addition to her work with Rachel’s Challenge, she helped implement student leadership initiatives, such as a revised student government program and a forum for discussing diversity at EHS.   She also helped coordinate efforts to help transition students and staff to the new high school.   In her free time, Erin enjoys running, hiking, reading, and following UConn sports.  

John Coleman – Enfield High School Dean of Students

John Coleman begins his 18th year as an administrator in the Enfield Public Schools, mostly as an assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School.  Prior to joining the district, he taught English and math at the middle level in the Windsor and Somers Public Schools for eight years and served as an assistant principal out of state for a year.  Before embarking on a career in public education, Mr. Coleman worked for nine years in the private sector at Dow Jones and Company and MassMutual Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Coleman earned a 6th Year Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Connecticut.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American International College.  He was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and has lived in North Central Connecticut for over 30 years.

Altressa Cox-Blackwell – Enfield High School Dean of Students

Originally from NYC, Ms. Cox-Blackwell remained in the nutmeg state after graduating from Connecticut College in New London, where she majored in Child Development and simultaneously earned her PK-Grade 8 teaching certification.  She was hired by Windsor Public Schools to teach Grades 5 and 6, and while employed there for 15 years, Altressa was one of the first cohort of teachers to pilot a Math and Science Explorers Program.  During this time, she earned a Master’s of Education Degree in one year from Central Connecticut State University as their first recipient of the Educational Administration and Supervision Fellowship.  She was then accepted into the University of Connecticut’s Educational Leadership Program as a Danforth Scholar and earned her Masters of Science Sixth Year Diploma for Educational Leadership.  After working for three years as one of the assistant principals at East Hartford Middle School, where her accomplishments included developing and launching their first website and creating their summer enrichment program, Altressa was hired by Enfield Public Schools.  She has been employed as an EPS administrator since July 2001.  During those 15 years, Altressa was principal of Hazardville Memorial School and principal of Prudence Crandall School, as well as one of the assistant principals of Enrico Fermi High School.  Altressa is a sports enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three sons.  Altressa looks forward to working as a member of the administrative team at the new Enfield High School. Go Eagles!

Laura Gagnon – Enfield High School Dean of Students

Prior to joining Enfield High School, Laura Gagnon served as an assistant principal at Torrington Middle School.  Previously, Laura was the Science Department Coordinator at Terryville High School in Plymouth, Connecticut.  While in Plymouth, Laura taught Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Forensics, and Animal Science at THS, after teaching General Science at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School.  She started her teaching career with the Hartford Public Schools as a seventh and eighth grade General Science teacher.  Laura attended the University of Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and Technology.  She then completed her Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of New Haven and most recently earned her Professional Diploma for Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Bridgeport.  

Laura has served on a number of professional committees, where she has helped to create and implement many new initiatives and programs at both the school and district-wide level.  She helped develop and roll out school-wide advisory programs at both Terryville High School and Torrington Middle School and served on the Plymouth Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development Committee, where she assisted in drafting their new evaluation plan.  She has also worked extensively with educators on utilizing technology in the classroom.  When she is not in school, Laura enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Jason LaMesa – Enfield High School Dean of Students

Jason LaMesa he has served as a mathematics teacher at Enfield High School for the past eight years.  Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).  Prior to beginning his career in education, Jason served in the Army National Guard, with a deployment to Afghanistan.  When he returned to Connecticut, he accepted a position as a mathematics teacher at Middletown High School, where he worked for one year before moving to Enfield.  While teaching, Jason went back to CCSU and completed his Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education and his Sixth Year Certificate in Administration, with a concentration in Mathematics Curriculum.  As a teacher, Jason created a positive environment where students were held to rigorous standards, both academically and socially.  His key accomplishments include improving the AP Calculus program, successfully implementing an Algebra I credit recovery program, and serving as a teacher for the inaugural Seeds of Success Summer Academy session.  Outside the classroom, Jason has served as a football coach and ski club advisor.  When Jason is not working with students, he enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Marilynn Cressotti – John F. Kennedy Assistant Principal

Marilynn Cressotti has lived in Enfield all of her life and has taught in the Enfield Public Schools for a total of 35 years.  She began her career at Kosciuszko Jr. High School and took time off to raise her children.  Marilynn then continued her teaching career at JFK Middle School, Hazardville Memorial Elementary School, Alcorn Elementary School, and Fermi High School.  For the past ten years, Marilynn has been a math teacher, math department chair, and assistant principal at Fermi.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Central CT State College and returned there for her Master’s Degree in Secondary Math Education.  Marilynn returned once again to Central CT State University to complete her 6th Level/CAGS program in Educational Leadership.  Marilynn was instrumental in developing the Terra Nova Alternative Education Program in Enfield for both the middle and the high school at-risk students.  Before going to Fermi, Marilynn was the Department Chair for the Terra Nova programs prior to their closing.  Marilynn has been involved in Rachel’s Challenge, community outreach programs with the Enfield Food Shelf, and the Community Pancake Breakfast.  Marilynn also brought the Unified Sports teams to the high school level and is a member of the CIAC Board for Unified Sports.  She is also a coach for snowshoeing with the Special Olympics team, the Enfield Starrs, and participates on the Special Olympic Bowling team.  Marilynn loves to spend time with her husband and her family, both at home and on vacations at Martha’s Vineyard and Disney World. 

Paul Newton - Edgar H. Parkman Principal

Paul Newton has served as principal at Enrico Fermi High School for the past sixteen years.  He was appointed as principal at Edgar H. Parkman Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.  Paul attended Springfield College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education.  He then completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Westfield State College.  He also earned his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Westfield in the area of Curriculum Supervision.  Paul began his teaching career in Springfield, Massachusetts at Van Sickle Junior High School, where he taught social studies.  Paul also taught health and physical education in Somers, Connecticut.  He left Somers to become the Vice Principal at E.O. Smith in Storrs, Connecticut.  From there, Paul moved to South Windsor High School as an associate principal before finally being hired at Fermi in 2000.  Paul was named the Connecticut High School Principal of the Year in 2007 by the Connecticut Association of Schools and subsequently represented Connecticut in Washington, D.C.  He also attended the National Principal’s Academy in that year.  Paul still maintains a strong working relationship with the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).  He serves in a variety of positions, including Chairman of the CIAC Board of Control, Chairman of the Awards and Recognition Committee, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Chairman of the Co-Op Sports Committee, member of the Field Hockey Committee, and member of the Girls Lacrosse Committee.  Paul has coached a variety of sports, from the youth through the collegiate level, including football, wrestling, track and field, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse.  Outside of school, Paul likes to coach lacrosse, play golf, travel, and spend time with his wife and two daughters.

Lisa Hunter – Pre-K STEAM Coordinator

Lisa Hunter has been an educator for over 15 years, beginning in Ellington teaching 3rd grade, moving to Somers teaching 1st grade, and most recently Enfield, where she taught kindergarten.  Over the past four years, while Lisa was a teacher at Enfield Street School, she was selected as one of the iPad Consortium Awardees and was granted a class set of iPads that were used daily to impact the learning of her students.  In 2015, she became Head Teacher at Enfield Street School, where she helped to cultivate a positive school climate by working closely with the Assembly Committee, as well as the rest of the ESS community.

In May of 2016, Lisa completed a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut.  Spending over 350 internship hours between Orchard Hill School in South Windsor and Enfield Street School, she developed a Capstone Project focused on Executive Skills and how they impact student learning and behavior. She has facilitated professional development around this topic at both schools. Lisa is excited for the opportunity to work with the PK STEAM Academy students, families, and staff this year.

Posted:  08-19-16