Wilton Public Schools announced Monday, April 11 that Kathryn Coon has been hired as the new principal of Miller-Driscoll elementary school. Coon will begin on July 1, and will replace Bernadette Hess, who has been in place as interim principal of Miller-Driscoll since former principal Cheryl Jensen-Gerner retired on Dec. 31, 2015. Jensen-Gerner had been principal for 16 years.

According to a press release from superintendent Kevin Smith‘s office, Coon will come to Wilton with over two decades of experience in the Greenwich Public Schools, where she currently serves as program coordinator for Special Education. In her current role, Coon supervises all special education services for seven elementary schools, leads the professional development program for the entire PreK-12 special education staff and supervises the SRBI program for all of Greenwich Public Schools.

Coon began her career as an elementary special education teacher first working for several years as a resource room teacher and then as a special education teacher co-teaching in K-5 mainstream classrooms. She later was selected to serve as a Staff Development Associate responsible for assisting teachers with planning and delivering instruction in both special and regular education. From that position she was appointed to serve as Interim Assistant Principal of New Lebanon Elementary School and in 2008 promoted to her current position.

According to the release, Coon was selected from a “very competitive pool” of over thirty qualified candidates, and was the “unanimous choice for the position.” She was among twelve applicants who were interviewed by a panel comprised of parents, teachers, staff members and administrators. Following the first-round interview, Coon and two other finalists moved forward to the next round of the selection process, which included a presentation and a panel interview with Board of Education members, curriculum coordinators and district administration. The process concluded with a site visit to Greenwich and reference verification and where Coon’s Greenwich colleagues and supervisors “spoke highly of her expertise, professionalism and capacity to lead.”

Through the selection process the committee “saw strong evidence of her warm, engaging personality, collaborative work with special and regular education teachers, instructional leadership skills, and strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction. It was very clear that she has the right style, skills, and expertise to lead Miller-Driscoll School,” according to the release.

Coon received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut, graduating Magna Cum Laude, her Masters of Science in Learning Disabilities from Southern Connecticut State University and her 6th Year Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut.

Superintendent Smith stated: “We are thrilled to have Ms. Kathryn Coon join our schools’ leadership team and serve as the next principal of Miller-Driscoll School.”

Dates will be scheduled in the coming weeks to enable staff, parents and students to meet Coon.