Superintendent of Schools Announces Appointments


Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sal Corda announced the appointment of Ms. Mary Grandville as Principal of Parkway School effective, July 1, and of Ms. Jennifer Lynn Bencivengo as Principal of Old Greenwich School (OGS) and Mr. Thomas C. Healy as Principal of Central Middle School (CMS), effective immediately.

Mary Grandville

Mary Grandville is currently the Assistant Principal at North Street School (NSS). She will be filling in as Interim Principal at NSS, while Principal Jill Flood is on maternity leave for the remainder of this school year, and will then assume her new position at Parkway. Dr. Corda said, “Ms. Grandville brings extensive teaching and administrative experience in Greenwich to the role of Parkway Principal. She impressed us with her thoughtful insights into tailoring instructional strategies to further personalize learning based on data analysis to gain understanding of the individual performance and needs of students. I have no doubt she will be a great match for Parkway.”

Grandville said “It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed principal of Parkway School and I look forward to getting to know all of the students, staff and families who call Parkway home. I look forward to working collaboratively with all members of the school community to support our students in reaching the highest levels of achievement, while demonstrating the personal qualities and interpersonal skills necessary, to become successful members of our global community.”

Grandville was appointed as Parkway School Principal from among many highly qualified candidates after a comprehensive process, which included stakeholder involvement to develop the qualities desired in a new principal, widespread recruitment efforts, an intensive screening process to match the stakeholder profile, and multiple interviews. The initial interview committee included District administrators, Parkway School staff and parent representatives, and leadership representatives from the Greenwich teacher and administrator bargaining units and PTA Council.

Jennifer Lynn Bencivengo

Jennifer Lynn Bencivengo is currently acting as the Interim Principal at OGS and had previously served as Assistant Principal at North Mianus School for the last ten of her nineteen years with the Greenwich Public Schools. Dr. Corda said, “Ms. Bencivengo has the teaching and instructional leadership experience to guide Old Greenwich School in the implementation of personalized learning, the District’s strategic focus. She has a commanding knowledge of how to use data to drive instructional decisions, and she knows Greenwich well, having worked in our elementary and middle schools for nineteen years. I am confident she will be a strong leader for Old Greenwich School.”

Bencivengo said, “I am humbled and honored to be asked to continue to lead the work at Old Greenwich School. Next year will begin my 20th in Greenwich and I am thrilled to mark this milestone in my career with the Old Greenwich community.  I look forward to continuing our excellent work next year, as we grow our students into high level critical thinkers and problem solvers.”

Bencivengo was appointed as Old Greenwich School Principal from among many highly qualified candidates after a comprehensive process, which included stakeholder involvement to develop the qualities desired in a new principal, widespread recruitment efforts, an intensive screening process to match the stakeholder profile, and multiple interviews. The initial interview committee included District administrators, Old Greenwich School staff and parent representatives, and leadership representatives from the Greenwich teacher and administrator bargaining units and PTA Council.

Thomas C. Healy

Thomas C. Healy has served as the Interim Principal at CMS since August 2016. Dr. Corda said, “Mr. Healy has a strong background in secondary education having served as an assistant principal at Western Middle School for four years and as a teacher and administrator at the high school for nine years. He has a clear vision with a student-first focus for the future of Central Middle School, which aligns well with the District’s Strategic Plan.”

Healy said, “I am extremely proud and excited to be appointed the principal of Central Middle School. The CMS community has been welcoming and supportive since the moment I joined as interim principal this past August. I look forward to continuing the work that we have initiated in support of the achievement of all students.”

Healy was appointed as Central Middle School Principal from among many highly qualified candidates after a comprehensive process, which included stakeholder involvement to develop the qualities desired in a new principal, widespread recruitment efforts, an intensive screening process to match the stakeholder profile, and multiple interviews. The initial interview committee included District administrators, Central Middle School staff and parent representatives, and leadership representatives from the Greenwich teacher and administrator bargaining units and PTA Council.

 

Bio Brief: Mary Grandville

After teaching for eleven years in Stamford, Ms. Grandville came to the Greenwich Public Schools as Assistant Principal at Old Greenwich School (OGS). She also served as Interim Principal at OGS in 2005. In 2011, she transferred to North Street School as Assistant Principal. In addition to her school leadership responsibilities, she is an active member of the Greenwich District Data Team and the District’s Safe School Climate Committee.

Ms. Grandville received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 1988; a masters in remedial reading/language arts from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury in 1996; and a sixth year certificate in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut, Stamford in 2000.

Bio Brief: Jennifer Bencivengo

An educator for twenty years, Ms. Bencivengo began her career as the Director of the Sylvan Learning Center in Wallingford, in 1997. Ms. Bencivengo began teaching with the Greenwich Public Schools in 1998 at Central Middle School as a language arts and special education teacher. In March 2007, she was appointed interim assistant principal for Old Greenwich School through June 2007, after which, she was appointed assistant principal for North Mianus School. In addition, she successfully ran the Greenwich Public Schools Summer School program from 2011 to 2016, closing gaps in achievement and increasing enrollment by 43% over six years.

Ms. Bencivengo received a bachelor of arts degree with a triple major in elementary education, secondary education and English from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. in 1997; a master of arts degree with a major in humanities from Wesleyan University, Middletown, in 2000; and a sixth year certificate in administration from the University of Connecticut, Stamford, in 2003.

Bio Brief: Thomas C. Healy

Mr. Healy has been with the Greenwich Public Schools since 2000. Since the beginning of this school year, he has served as Interim Principal at Central Middle School and just prior to that as Assistant Principal at Western Middle School. He first served as an instructional aide at Greenwich High School, then as a Social Studies teacher (2004-2013). In 2011, he was named Assistant Dean of Student Life for Clark House at GHS in addition to teaching responsibilities. Mr. Healy has held additional leadership roles as House Senior Teacher and Stand By Me Coordinator. As Assistant Dean, Mr. Healy was part of the team implementing the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at GHS, and coordinating student and faculty focus groups and surveys to improve student connectedness. At Western Middle School (WMS) since 2013, Mr. Healy has supported the implementation of a Digital Learning Environment, Strategic Plan initiatives and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. He acts as the Site Administrator for the AVID program at WMS and served on the District Data Team and School Start Time Committees.

Mr. Healy received a bachelor of science degree in anthropology from James Madison University, Harrisburg, Va. in 2000; a master of arts in teaching, secondary education from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield in 2004; and administrators certification through the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education Graduate Program in 2011.

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