Greenwich Names New Western Middle School Assistant Principal

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Suzanne Coyne
Suzanne Coyne Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Suzanne Coyne has been appointed assistant principal at Western Middle School in Greenwich, effective July 1, according to a district press release from Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William S. McKersie.

Coyne has been an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools since 1997. Currently, she is a district special education instructional coach.

"In her 17 years with the District, Ms. Coyne has demonstrated an expertise in instructional and behavioral intervention strategies in both the special and general education areas," the district said in the release. "She is an outstanding coach, collaborating with her teacher colleagues to meet the needs of the students in their charge."

Coyne began her career in Greenwich as a special education teacher at Arch School, the district’s alternative high school. In this role, she taught American history, math and literature courses and also developed and implemented students’ individual educational programs.

In 2001, Coyne moved to Central Middle School  as a special education teacher. For the next six years, she developed, implemented and monitored student IEPs, co-taught social studies and science classes, taught a special education math class, and coached the school's girls basketball team.

Since 2007,Coyne has held the position of special education instructional coach for the district. She trains and supports K-8 special education staff with writing and implementing IEPs, including preparing for IEP meetings, collecting and analyzing data, and using appropriate instructional and behavior strategies. She collaborates with general education instructional coaches and teachers to develop and complete co-teaching strategies.

"What most impressed me about Suzanne, was how well her skill set matches our needs and compliments the work that the staff has been engaged in this year," Western Middle School Principal Gordon Beinstein said in a statement. "Specifically, her expertise in special education, her experience in coaching staff, and her work assisting the teachers with the creation of interventions, which allow all students to meet with success."

Coyne received a bachelor of science degree in education and English from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996; a master's degree in special education: learning disabilities and behavior disorders from Manhattanville College in 1999; and administration and supervision certification requirements from Sacred Heart University in 2013.

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