GREENWICH, Conn. -- Richard V. Alessi, the Bella House administrator at Greenwich High School, is retiring at the end of the school year after a 38-year career with the Greenwich Public Schools.
His retirement is effective June 30.
Alessi has served as Bella House administrator since 2012 and as the head of the social studies department since 2007.
“Rich’s legacy is a powerful one. Always an innovator, he introduced team teaching (English/Social Studies) to Central Junior HS and was a mainstay of curriculum development projects in his years at Greenwich High School," Greenwich High Headmaster Chris Winters said. "As Program Administrator, he steered the department through a major set of revisions to bring it into compliance with the new state standards. ... His steady hand and emphasis on empowering the staff during these years of change were a hallmark of his leadership. He will be genuinely missed.”
The search for a high school house administrator will begin immediately.
Alessi started in the 1978-79 school year as a social studies teacher at the then Central Junior High School; he rapidly became the social studies department leader before transferring to Greenwich High School in 1985. He soon became a senior teacher/learning facilitator before assuming departmental leadership as program administrator in 2007.
In addition to his program leadership responsibilities, he was named the Bella House administrator in 2012. Alessi's love of baseball and commitment to students feeling connected to their school community led to his roles as coach and club adviser.
Alessi was the head baseball coach at Central Junior HS and assistant varsity coach at Greenwich High School for many years. He was club adviser supporting GHS students in initiating the 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service Food Drive for Neighbor to Neighbor.
Alessi received a bachelor of science degree in English in 1975 and a master of science degree in early childhood education in 1981 from Southern Connecticut State University.
He received a professional diploma for advanced study in educational management from the University of Bridgeport in 1984.
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