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BoE to consider NHS headmaster for P-Tech Academy director

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk High School D-House Headmaster Karen Amaker has been chosen as director for the new Norwalk Early College Academy — the state’s first P-Tech Academy.

Amaker has been a Norwalk High headmaster since 2013, according to her resume. Before that, she was a department chairwoman and school counselor at Brien McMahon High School from 2007 to 2013, the resume states. Her appointment will be voted on at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

The P-Tech (Pathways in Technology) Academy is open to 100 freshmen in the fall; a waiting list has been established, according to the NPS website. Students will take Norwalk Community College classes alongside their high school work and, in six years, get their high school diploma along with an NCC associate’s degree. They will be mentored by IBM employees along the way and be eligible for a job at IBM when they graduate.

Amaker has 18 years of experience in various educational settings, according to her resume. That includes being a middle school dean and high school placement counselor at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco from 2003 to 2006. She was director of educational opportunity programs at Yale University School of Medicine from 2001 to 2002, the resume states.

As an NHS headmaster, she has been partnering with Norwalk middle schools to establish freshman transition programs, the resume states.

Correction, 2:22 p.m.: Amaker, not Amacker, June 4, GE, not IBM

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