Greenwich's interim special education coordinator named to post permanently

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Joseph Baynes is the new Greenwich Public Schools coordinator of special education.

Joseph Baynes is the new Greenwich Public Schools coordinator of special education.

Contributed by Jonathan Supranowitz

GREENWICH —  The new coordinator for the Greenwich Public Schools' special education programs is a familiar face.

Joseph Baynes, who has been serving as the district's interim special education coordinator since October, has been named to the position permanently by schools Superintendent Toni Jones effective immediately.

In his new position, Baynes will be responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising special education services, while assisting building administrators in monitoring the instruction of students with disabilities in both general education and special education settings.

"Mr. Baynes' special education experience, knowledge and dedication to students, staff and families is a tremendous asset to the district," said Stacey Heiligenthaler, chief officer of special education and student supports, in a statement. 

Baynes has served as a special education teacher at Greenwich High School since 2020. Before that, he worked at Eagle Hill School from 2012 to 2020.

"I am thrilled to take on the role of Special Education Coordinator for Greenwich Public Schools," Baynes said in a statement. "While filling the role on an interim basis since October, I have been inspired by the commitment and dedication of the district's SESS staff members. I am looking forward to continuing to partner with the SESS administrative team and building administrators to provide support for our students, educators and families."

Baynes has a bachelor’s degree in special education and general education and a masters in childhood special education from Buffalo State University. He earned his sixth year degree in educational leadership from the University of Bridgeport.