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Retired Educator Steps Up As Interim Principal At Hamilton Avenue School

John Grasso
John Grasso Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – John Grasso has been named interim principal, effective immediately, for Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich, Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea announced.

Before retiring from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Grasso held a leadership position at Riverside School for 18 years and served as Interim Parkway School Principal for the 2016-17 school year.

“I look forward to working with John Grasso to continue the impressive headway made at Hamilton Avenue School as they implement the STEM magnet program," Gildea said. "John’s history with the District and strong leadership experience will serve the school well during this transition.”

Former Hamilton Avenue School Principal Cindy Rigling in April announced  her appointment as the Head of the Lower School for GEMS World Academy in Chicago, an International Baccalaureate World School.

A new search for Principal of Hamilton Avenue School will be conducted at the start of the hiring season.

Grasso began teaching in 1975 for the Stamford Public Schools  as a fifth grade teacher at Rogers International School. In 1979 he moved to the Westover Magnet School as a Community Liaison and Team Leader.

He left teaching in 1982 to work in the private sector, returning to field in 1988 as a sixth grade teacher at Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford where he remained for six years.

In 1994, he came to the Greenwich Public Schools as Assistant Principal of Riverside School, where he maintained a leadership role for 18 years, becoming Principal in 2000.

In 2010-11, Grasso took on the role of the Advanced Learning Program Coordinator, while maintaining the leadership of Riverside School, in order to assist in the transition of leadership for that position and oversee a program review.

After retiring from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Grasso has held a number of consulting and interim leadership positions in Fairfield County schools, including his most recent position as interim principal at Parkway School for the 2016-2017 school year.

Grasso received a bachelors degree from St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y.; a masters degree from City College of New York (CCNY) in Curriculum Development; and a 6th Year Administrator Certificate from Fairfield University in Fairfield.

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