NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A new year means new leadership at the top of the New Canaan public school system.
Bryan Luizzi, former principal at New Canaan High School, is now leading the district as its interim superintendent. He replaces Mary Kolek, who retired as superintendent at the end of the school year in June.
School begins Wednesday for all students in New Canaan.
Luizzi welcomed the upcoming school year in a message to students and parents.
"Here in New Canaan, it is quite clear that our entire community honors and celebrates students as individuals, values the passion and dedication of the staff, welcomes the partnership between teachers and parents, and respects the community as collaborators in the educational process," he said. "In such an environment, incredible things are possible - as we see each and every year - and as I am confident we will see again throughout 2014-2015."
Luizzi began his teaching career teaching English at Newtown High School. He then served as the technology operations manager for the Newtown School District. In this role, he used a systems-thinking approach to design and implement technology initiatives to enhance student learning districtwide. He then progressed through a number of administrative positions in the Brookfield School District, culminating in his appointment as the principal of Brookfield High School, a position he held for five years.
In 2006, he completed his doctor of education degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. Soon thereafter, he began teaching as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and at the University of Connecticut.
Veronica LeDuc is acting principal at New Canaan High School, while Steven Bedard is acting assistant principal.
For more information on the New Canaan schools, check out the district website.