By Lisa Capobianco
Southington Public Schools welcomed two new educators to the district during a Board of Education meeting last week.
The Board of Education appointed Susanne Vitcavage to the position of Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School and John Duffy to the position of Pre-K-Grade 12 Science Coordinator.
Duffy has served as the science department chair at Canton High School as well as the middle school, supervising teachers and teaching Integrated Science and Physics. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Northwest Connecticut Community College, teaching physics and elementary statistics. Besides teaching, Duffy was a coach for the boys track team and the girls’ varsity soccer team at Torrington High School. Prior to his experience in education, Duffy worked as a mechanical engineer for General Electric/Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Duffy starts his position January 27.
“I am looking forward to bring my love of science, my energy for doing science, newer ideas for instruction, and building upon what is already a high-performing school district, but making it better,” said Duffy, who has experience in extensive teaching and curriculum development in math and science.
Vitcavage has worked as the Director of School Counseling at Orville Platt High School in Meriden since 2005, managing and evaluating counselors and preparing an annual budget for the department. As the director of counseling, she also has experience developing a master school schedule, coordinating administration of student assessments, including CAPT, PSAT, and SAT. As an instructional associate at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Meriden, Vitcavage assisted the principal in the overall administration of the school, reinforcing school rules and procedures while maintaining effective student discipline. She also has experience performing administrative duties in the absence of the principal and assisting the principal in the development of an effective educational program. Vitcavage starts her position February 1 with a salary of $118,606.
The current assistant principal, Pamela Aldi, will retire at the end of the calendar year.
Vitcavage said she looks forward to her new role as assistant principal, especially since her children attended Kennedy.
“I am a proud parent of two students who are currently at the high school—we were blessed with our experiences at Kennedy Middle School,” said Vitcavage, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in school counseling. “I am so excited to be a part of that team.”