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Principal At Greenwich's Hamilton Avenue School Leaving For Job In Chicago

Hamilton Avenue School Principal Cindy C. Rigling
Hamilton Avenue School Principal Cindy C. Rigling Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. — Hamilton Avenue School Principal Cindy C. Rigling is resigning to take a new position out of state.

She has been appointed as the head of the lower school for GEMS World Academy in Chicago, an International Baccalaureate World School.

Her last day with the Greenwich School District will be June 30.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve in the role of principal at Hamilton Avenue for the past two years," Rigling said in a statement Wednesday. "I could not have imagined working with a more talented team of teachers and staff. I am extremely grateful for the tremendous amount of support received by both the Board of Education, my administrator colleagues and the HamiltonAvenue parent community as we began to develop the new STEM Magnet theme.

"I am confident that Hamilton Avenue School will achieve tremendous success in the years to come," she said.

Rigling was appointed principal at Hamilton Avenue School in 2015.

“Cindy Rigling provides a high quality education based on the individual needs of her students," Superintendent of Schools Sal Corda said. "She is a dedicated practitioner, ever thoughtful and curious about new ways to enhance instruction and improve outcomes for students. She appreciates the importance of building relationships with parents, school staff, colleagues and members of the school community.

"We have been fortunate to work with Cindy these past two years, and we wish her all the best in this exciting new position," he said.

The process of selecting a new principal for Hamilton Avenue School will be decided after consulting with incoming Superintendent Jill Gildea.

Rigling began her career providing support programs and counseling services for children and families at the Klingberg Family Day Program in New Britain (1988-90), the Boys’ Village Family Services in Milford (1990-92) and the Northwest Village School in Plainville (1993-98).

From 1998 to 2001, she worked at the Thomaston Center School in Thomaston, first as a school counselor, then as a head teacher.

In 2001, Rigling took on her first administrator assignment as principal of the Webb School, an alternative K-8 school in Cheshire. She served as assistant principal/acting principal at Pearson Middle School in Winsted from 2003 to 2005, and principal at the John J. Allison Jr. CREC Polaris Center, an alternative middle/high school, from 2005 to 2008.

In 2008, Rigling was chosen by the Capitol Region Education Council to create a new lottery-based elementary magnet school in the Hartford area. As founding principal of the International Magnet School for Global Citizenship, she launched a program aimed at closing gaps in achievement between urban and suburban students.

In 2011, IMS became a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School.

In 2015, then-Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools William S. McKersie appointed Rigling as principal of Hamilton Avenue School.

Rigling received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from State University Center at Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y., in 1986; a master of education degree in counseling and school psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1988; and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain in 2001.

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