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Greenwich's Western Middle School Hires New Principal

Gordon Beinstein will take over as Western Middle School's new principal on July 1, according to a release from the Greenwich School District.
Gordon Beinstein will take over as Western Middle School's new principal on July 1, according to a release from the Greenwich School District. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Greenwich School District

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Gordon Beinstein, a Greenwich resident who began his teaching career at Central Middle School in 1988, is returning to the town's school system as Western Middle School's new principal, the district announced in a release on Wednesday.

Beinstein, who will leave his position as principal of Harborside Middle School in Milford, will take over for the retiring Terry Starr-Klein effective July 1.

“Mr. Beinstein has demonstrated success in improving student performance with a diverse middle school population, a group of youngsters to which he is clearly committed," Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said in the release. "He is an adept school leader, an experienced Greenwich Public Schools educator, and as a Greenwich resident, he is knowledgeable about the community. I am pleased to welcome Gordon Beinstein back to the Greenwich Public Schools.”

The search for a new principal at Western Middle School began when Starr-Klein announced her retirement. The process included interviews with internal and external candidates by a committee of town officials.

“I am excited to be the next principal of Western Middle School," Beinstein said in the statement. "My entire twenty-five year career has been spent working with this impressionable age group. The excitement they bring to school energizes me and inspires me to do my best for every child every day. I want to thank Dr. McKersie and the interview committee for this opportunity and I look forward to meeting the dedicated staff, committed parents and enthusiastic students at Western very soon.”

Western Middle School is currently in the authorization process to become an International Baccalaureate World School.

Beinstein taught several subjects at Central Middle School from 1988 to 2002. He was a vice-principal at John Read Middle School in Redding and at Middlesex Middle School in Darien before becoming Harborside Middle School's principal in 2009.

Beinstein received a bachelor of science in history from the University of Connecticut in 1988, a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport in 1992 and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University in 1997.

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