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Eastern Middle School Assistant Principal To Retire In January

After more than 30 years as assistant principal at Eastern Middle School, James Shukie will retire in January.
After more than 30 years as assistant principal at Eastern Middle School, James Shukie will retire in January. Photo Credit: James Shukie

GREENWICH, Conn. -- After more than 30 years as assistant principal at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, James Shukie has announced he will retire early next year.

During his tenure with Eastern, the school has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education and as a School of Distinction by the Connecticut State Department of Education, largely due to Shukie’s commitment to the academic success of each student, EMS Principal Ralph Mayo said.

He will retire on Jan. 26.

“Jim Shukie is a passionate educator who has built deep connections within the Eastern Middle School community for the past 30 years,” Mayo said. "He has played a key role in the success of our school and has been a role model for both our students and staff. It has been my great pleasure and honor to work with Jim; his commitment and dedication to the Eastern Middle School community will be greatly missed."

Lora Parisi has been appointed as an EMS assistant principal after serving in an interim capacity since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, while Assistant Principal Joanna Savino took a leave.

“Ms. Parisi has proven to be an exceptional leader in her role as interim assistant principal,” Mayo said.

Shukie began teaching in 1973 at the St. Louis School in New Haven, which is now closed. In 1978, he moved to the Norwalk Public Schools as a social studies teacher until assuming the role of assistant principal for Eastern Middle School in 1985.

In addition to his instructional leadership role, he was instrumental in spearheading the school’s Service for Others program, participating on the School Improvement Team, and chairing the Tools for Schools Committee. Shukie received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1972, a Master of Arts in American Studies in 1978, and Sixth Year Certificate in Education Administration in 1985 from Fairfield University.

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