By Lindsay Carey
Margaret Walsh was selected as the new director of Pupil Services for the Southington school system at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 11.
With over 30 years of experience in a school environment and a wide variety of experience in special education, Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said Walsh was the right fit for the job.
Goralski said that the pool of candidates wasn’t as big as many of the other administrative positions, because it is a “defined position” that requires a unique skill set.
“We were looking for someone with a great deal of experience and knowledge in special education, someone to continue to move our district forward in the services that we provide,” said Goralski.
According to Goralski, Walsh’s phenomenal people skills, thorough understanding of special education practices, policies and legislation, and most importantly her experience is what made her the most qualified candidate for the position.
Walsh has a background in special education, regular education and administration. She has worked in public schools all over Connecticut including Berlin, Bloomfield, Simsbury, New Britain and more.
Despite working all over the state, Walsh grew up in Southington and remains a resident.
“Although that’s not a deciding factor, it shows her level of excitement to come back to a school district that has given her so much,” said Goralski.
In addition to growing up in Southington, Walsh said that her daughter went through the Southington school district and that she is honored to be able to give back.
“I’ve worked in different towns and cities in Connecticut, but I grew up here and Southington has done right by me,” said Walsh. “I just wanted to give back and I thought this would be a good move in my career.”
Walsh expressed her excitement to get know her peers as well as supporting and growing the programs, which attracted her to the school system, like unified sports and best buddies.
“They really embrace special education here,” said Walsh. “I’m excited to learn and then contribute to work with the existing members of the team and the teachers and staff and families to move forward and really maximize our services for the children.’
Walsh is currently employed by New Britain school district as the coordinator of Special Education and Pupil Services.
She said that could remain on staff there for up to 30 days depending on how long it takes the New Britain Board of Education to find someone new.
Walsh will be working with Supt. Tim Connellan and Assistant Supt. Karen Smith to find an appropriate start date.
By Lindsay Carey