Norwalk BoE to appoint Reynolds WRMS principal, promote Faoies

Then-Norwalk High School Assistant Principal Adam Reynolds speaks to Board of Education members in 2018.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education is slated to vote Tuesday on two administrative appointments.

Adam Reynolds will become the permanent West Rocks Middle School principal after serving as interim principal for the just-completed school year, while Sandra Faioes is leaving her post as Brookside Elementary principal to become Director of School Improvement.



Director of School Improvement

“This role is charged with improving the district’s portfolio of schools by leading intervention, developing robust choice schools and programs, and assistant principals and administrators with school improvement plans,” according to a statement in the packet for Tuesday’s BoE meeting.

Faioes fills the role formerly held by Patty Foley, who passed away in September. Arlene Gottesman has served as interim director.

Faioes has been Brookside principal for four years, as the school advanced to a category 2 rating in the Connecticut State Accountability Report. “During this period, she also successfully completed a RELAY fellowship as a member of Norwalk’s first cohort. As part of the district’s commitment to building capacity and ensuring continuity, Faioes was also selected to work closely with the district’s Chief of School Operations over the past year,” the statement says.

She previously served as Brookside curriculum and instruction site director, “responsible for ensuring quality implementation of the literacy and math curriculum, as well as SRBI,” the NPS statement says. “She also oversaw the assessment system, professional development, and conducted classroom observations. Additionally, she supported parents and students in understanding curriculum, progress reports and district initiatives.”

Before joining Brookside, Faoies was Norwalk Pathways Academy instructional coach and reading specialist. She previously worked for Boston Public Schools, where she served as the interim humanities program director, and literacy coach for the district’s Secondary English Language Arts Department, and also as a member of the common core standards workgroup design team and subject work team leader. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole.



West Rocks Middle School Principal

Reynolds was appointed in August 2018 to replace longtime West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore, who was transferred to Norwalk High School in spite of an outcry from some West Rocks parents.

“In keeping with the Board of Education’s School Governance Policy, the West Rocks School Governance Council will select a permanent principal, with the support of the NPS Talent Department in the spring of 2019,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski wrote at the time.

Reynolds had been Norwalk High School assistant principal for five years, NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams said Friday, confirming that he was chosen by the SGC.

Reynolds developed the updated High School Program of Studies with a 26 credit graduation requirement, including a Capstone project, and trained middle school administrators on master scheduling, including implementation, the NPS statement said.

Before coming to Norwalk, he taught English for 10 years at Shelton High School and in addition was part of the Smarter Balanced Assessments Procurement Study, a curriculum leader, technology champion, a member of the District TEVAL Committee and NEASC Steering Committee, the statement said.

“Currently a doctoral program (Ed.D) candidate at Southern Connecticut State University, Reynolds’ anticipated graduation will be 2020,” the statement said. “Upon graduation he will earn an 093 certification. He also completed a Principal Fellowship from the Relay Graduate School of Education in 2017, graduating with distinction. Reynolds holds a Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Leadership from Southern CT State University, Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, with a concentration in reading, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sacred Heart University.”

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