Greenwich schools appoints interim coordinator of elementary and middle school English and language arts

Benjamin Markus has been named the Greenwich Public Schools' interim coordinator of English and language arts for kindergarten through eighth grade, effective July 26.

Benjamin Markus has been named the Greenwich Public Schools’ interim coordinator of English and language arts for kindergarten through eighth grade, effective July 26.

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GREENWICH — Greenwich schools has hired an interim humanities coordinator for kindergarten through eighth grade, filling a vacancy created earlier this year by the departure of Lori Elliott.

Benjamin Markus, who was most recently an assistant principal at Queens Academy High School in New York City, will become the district’s interim English and language arts coordinator for the district’s elementary and middle schools, effective July 26, Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones announced this week.

In the job, Markus “will be responsible for designing, developing, and evaluating the English language arts program K-8. In addition, he will provide organization and leadership in the adoption and use of instructional materials; plan and conduct professional learning and development for staff members; conduct teacher evaluations; keep all stakeholders informed of program developments and numerous other responsibilities related to curriculum and development,” according to a statement from the school district.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Markus join GPS, sharing his wealth of knowledge and strong leadership skills to help guide us into the next phase of excellence,” Jones said.

Markus holds a bachelor of arts from Vassar College in political science, a master of public administration from Syracuse University and. a master of science in childhood elementary and special education from Mercy College. He and is currently pursuing a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard University, according to the statement.

In addition, Markus serves as first lieutenant-chaplain in the U.S. Air Force — Connecticut Air National Guard — and holds a doctor of theology from Evangel University.

His roles with the New York City Department of Education have included early childhood teacher, lead teacher, dean and programmer. He has helped write curriculum in all core areas and has experience in closing the academic achievement gap.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join such a robust district of learners,” Markus said. “I look forward to partnering with the Greenwich community to benefit the outcomes for all students.”

The district’s former humanities director, Elliott, announced she was leaving the district in April. She took a role as director of professional development services at Cooperative Educational Services, a Trumbull-based Regional Educational Service Center, effective July 1.

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