Shelton BOE fills teaching and learning supervisor post

Exterior view of the Board of Education offices in Shelton, Conn. Nov. 5, 2020.

Exterior view of the Board of Education offices in Shelton, Conn. Nov. 5, 2020.

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SHELTON — The school district’s central office reorganization is complete with the promotion of one of its own.

The Board of Education, at a special meeting Thursday, named Tina Xavier, longtime science curriculum leader at Shelton Intermediate School, as the new supervisor of teaching and learning.

This is a new position created as part of new Superintendent Ken Saranich’s reorganization of the central office.

“(Tina’s) experience and knowledge in curriculum, instruction and professional development will enhance our Office of Teaching and Learning,” Saranich said. “I am honored to make Tina a part of the administrative team in Shelton.”

Xavier was a middle school science teacher in the Hamden public schools for two decades before joining Shelton Intermediate School in 2014, when Saranich was principal. Xavier was science curriculum leader.

“Since then, she has successfully served in this role as well as holding the position of Dean of Students at Shelton Intermediate School,” Saranich said.

Xavier will report to Kristen Santilli, the district’s director of curriculum. Santilli will oversee all aspects of the curriculum, with a focus on kindergarten through sixth grade. The new position will work primarily with the staff in grades 7 to 12.

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