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Greenwich Administrator Named Statewide Middle School Principal Of The Year

Shelley Somers
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GREENWICH, Conn. -- The accolades for Shelley Somers, principal at Greenwich's Central Middle School, are coming from across Connecticut: She has been named the 2015 CT PTA Middle School Principal of the Year.

The honor was part of the CT PTA’s Outstanding Administrator Awards Program. Somers, who has been with the Greenwich Public Schools as principal of CMS since 2009, Somers was nominated by her PTA membership.

She was selected by the CT PTA based on the program’s criteria for Leadership for Learning, Communication, Community Involvement, and Professionalism.

“Winning this prestigious award is a testament to an administrator’s success working collaboratively with the varying needs of PTA members," said the CT PTA’s selection notification letter.

Somers will be honored at the CT PTA Outstanding Administrator Awards Dinner on April 30 in Milford.

Before joining the Greenwich Public Schools, Somers worked for the Beaufort County Schools in South Carolina for 10 years as teacher and administrator at the secondary level from 1999 to 2009.

In her role as English and Spanish teacher at the Humanities School of Beaufort in 1999-2000 she designed curriculum for both disciplines and created a Drama Department for the school, directing four productions.

In 2000, she moved to Battery Creek High School in Beaufort as an English teacher and department chair.

She was recognized for her significant contributions to the school as the Battery Creek High School 2003 Teacher of the Year. In 2003, she was appointed assistant principal for Hilton Head High School, where she was responsible for the English and social studies departments.

Recognizing the need for targeted interventions, Somers developed and taught an after school credit recovery program, and designed and implemented an alternative program for at-risk students.

She taught English at Robert Smalls Middle School in 2005-06 before accepting the position of Head of School of Arts, Communications and Technology at Beaufort High School in 2006. She also acted as Community Liaison and has been skilled at developing partnerships with local businesses and the arts council, as well as a dual enrollment program with the local community college..

Somers received her bachelor's in education from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1973; her master's in education from the University of Hartford in 1980; and her administrative certification from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain in 1996.

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