Fair Haven K-8 School Principal Promoted to Director of Instruction

Monday, October 24, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
The New Haven Board of Education today promoted Fair Haven K-8 School Principal Kim Johnsky to director of instruction effective immediately.
Johnsky will be in charge of supervising, coaching and evaluating the district’s principals, along with Damaris Rau and Iline Tracey. Johnsky has worked at the New Haven Public Schools for 23 years, the last four as principal of Fair Haven K-8 School.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo praised Johnsky for her outstanding work at Fair Haven K-8 School. Mayo said the school improved significantly under Johnsky’s leadership, achieving in recent years some of the district’s biggest test score gains.
On last year’s Connecticut Mastery Tests for example, 52 percent of Fair Haven K-8 School’s 3rd graders achieved the state writing goal or better, compared to just 8 percent the year before. In addition, the school’s learning climate, as measured by the annual School Climate Surveys, is among the best in district.
“Kim Johnsky has done a magnificent job at Fair Haven K-8 School, raising test scores and improving the learning climate,” Mayo said. “She transformed a school with significant problems into a rising star. Kim is a proven leader who will be a tremendous mentor and teacher for other principals.
“A key part of the district’s School Change reforms is creating a pipeline of future principals and strengthening principal performance. Meeting School Change’s goals of improving test scores, cutting the dropout rate in half and preparing all kids for college requires strong leadership from principals. Kim is the ideal person to join the team coaching and evaluating principals and supporting schools in going to the next level of performance.”
Johnsky said, “I will miss the students and staff at Fair Haven School, but I am looking forward to this new challenge. I want to thank the Board of Education and Dr. Mayo for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the district’s principals and helping implement School Change.”
Johnsky began in New Haven in 1988 as a teacher at Helene Grant School. She then moved to Quinnipiac School and later ascended to curriculum staff developer for Edgewood and Barnard Schools.
In 1999, Johnsky became an assistant principal at Worthington Hooker School. She was promoted to principal of Nathan Hale School in 2003 and in 2007 assumed the helm at Fair Haven K-8 School.
Fair Haven K-8 School Assistant Principal Margaret-Mary Gethings will become the school’s new principal.
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