Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced the appointment of Mrs. Lauren Showstead as assistant principal at Central Middle School. Mrs. Showstead replaces Ms. Lindsey Pontieri, who recently departed GPS to become an assistant director of special education in a different school district.
Mrs. Showstead will support the entire Central MS community, assisting in the educational development and achievement of school goals and objectives, organizing and fostering a positive, safe environment, while advocating on behalf of all students.
“For the past 16 years, Mrs. Showstead’s commitment and dedication to the students in the Greenwich community has been inspirational,” Dr. Jones said. “We welcome her in this new role and look forward to this wonderful addition to the Central Middle School administration.”
Mrs. Showstead has been with GPS since 2006, most recently as the interim assistant principal at Glenville School since March and a special education teacher at Western MS since July of 2010. She held additional positions at GPS, including special education teacher at Parkway, Response to Intervention (RTI) coach for the District, and the interim assistant principal at Cos Cob. Ms. Showstead’s career as an educator began in 1994 as a teacher at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Braintree, MA, followed by positions at Weymouth (MA) Middle School, William Foster Elementary School in Hingham, MA, West Elementary School in New Canaan, and King’s Highway Elementary School in Westport.
“We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Showstead to our team,” Principal Thomas Healy said. “Her passion for education, and specifically for engaging in the work of improving student outcomes through her deep understanding of how to utilize data and evidence to inform decision-making, made her an excellent choice. These qualities will serve our students, staff, and families well as we continue to meet the needs of the CMS community.”
“I am thrilled to be selected as the new assistant principal for Central Middle School,” Mrs. Showstead said. “Building relationships through support, communication, and respect with students, staff, and families is essential to foster individual growth and student learning in an inclusive and nurturing environment. Throughout my 28 years in education, I have had high expectations for all learners, celebrated their successes, and helped them learn from missteps. I look forward to using my knowledge and skill set, along with my passion for education, as I step into this role.”
Mrs. Showstead holds a bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Vermont, a master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Intermediate Administration Certification (092) from the University of Connecticut Stamford.