Weston schools hire new administrators

Weston Public SchoolsThe Weston school board made two new administrative hires at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 25.

Nicole Wilhelm, a literary specialist at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, was hired as the new assistant principal for Weston Intermediate School.

The board also approved Monika Schmidt-Edman, coordinator of pupil personnel services in Stratford, for the district’s newly created assistant director of pupil services position.

“Ms. Wilhelm is an excellent addition to our leadership team, and I am confident that she will work tirelessly to advance Weston’s high expectations for student learning and performance,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said in a press statement.

She also praised Ms. Schmidt-Edman. “The new position of assistant director of special education is a critical addition to our pupil services and special education program, and we are excited to have found such a highly qualified candidate to assist our director of pupil services, Lois Pernice,” Dr. Palmer said.

Nicole Wilhelm

Ms. Wilhelm replaces Doreen O’Leary at the intermediate school and will receive an annual salary of $120,608, which will be pro-rated because the position will start after the fiscal year begins on July 1. Ms. Wilhem is expected to begin the job before Aug. 1, Dr. Palmer said.

Ms. Wilhelm has been the literacy specialist at Greens Farms Academy in Westport since 2007. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher at Kings Highway School in Westport from 2002 to 2007.

She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a master’s degree in reading from Teachers College, Columbia University.

She has completed the intermediate administrator certification program at Sacred Heart University.

Monika Schmidt-Edman

Ms. Schmidt-Edman holds three degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, including a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in learning disabilities, and a sixth year degree in education leadership.

She has served as the coordinator of pupil personnel services for the Stratford public schools since 2010. Prior to that she was the program administrator for the Therapeutic Day Program and Cooperative Education Services (CES) in Trumbull.

Before joining CES, Ms. Schmidt-Edman was a special education teacher at Hall Brooke School in Westport from 1984 to 1988.

The school board is continuing its search for an assistant principal for the Weston Middle School. The position was formerly held by Michael Bernardi, who left the district.

Dr. Palmer said the board made an offer to a candidate, but he took a position with another district closer to his home.

At the special meeting, the board also approved a leave of absence request from Kellie Brown, a fifth grade teacher at the intermediate school, for maternity leave.

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