GREENWICH, Conn. -- There will be a new principal at Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich next fall after the current principal announced she will be moving out of state after the school year ends, the school district announced Friday.
Cynthia Womack has been principal at the elementary school for five years. She said she will be sad to leave the school but that she will be getting married and moving to Maryland.
“My time with the Greenwich Public Schools and, in particular, with the Hamilton Avenue School community has been a wonderful experience. I am sad to leave the students, staff and families of HAS, but look forward to my upcoming marriage, move to Maryland, and new opportunities in education leadership," she said in a statement issued by the school district.
"I see nothing but a very bright future for the school. I have no doubt that Hamilton Avenue School will continue to be a huge success and a vibrant part of this wonderful community.”
Superintendent of Schools William S. McKersie said the school and district will miss her leadership.
“Ms. Womack has been a strong leader for Hamilton Avenue School and a dedicated member of the district’s leadership team," McKersie said. "I have been able to count on Ms.Womack standing up for what is best for her students, families and staff. Her early leadership on Digital Learning and now on the emerging STEM theme has been vital.
"I applaud Ms. Womack for letting us know early about her future plans so that we can begin immediately a national search for a new principal. The timing of Ms. Womack’s announcement speaks to her deep commitment to always do what is best for her school community. She will leave a strong legacy at Hamilton Avenue.”
A national search for a new principal will begin immediately to lead the school, which has kindergarten through fifth grade, the district said. School staff and parents will work with district personnel will help to provide input on the recommendations for a new principal. McKersie will make the final decision in selecting the new principal.
Before her appointment as Hamilton Avenue principal in 2010, Womack was principal of Washington Elementary School in Manchester.
Womack began her career in education as a second-grade teacher at Public School 81 in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1987. A year later, she moved to Public School 346 in Brooklyn as a fifth-grade teacher and taught there for the next 10 years.
Womack received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1984, her master's degree in elementary education from New York University in 1993; and her administrative certificate from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn in 1995.
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