Longtime Miller-Driscoll assistant principal announces retirement

After nearly 30 years at Miller-Driscoll, Dr. Sheelah Brown will be retiring from her position as assistant principal on Monday, Nov. 28.

“Although we will miss her, we know the time she will spend with her wonderful husband, eight children and 25 grandchildren will fill her time with great joy,” Miller-Driscoll Principal Kathryn Coon wrote in an email to families on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Brown said she looks forward to spending more time with her husband, Tommy, and “enjoying our grandchildren’s sports games as well as musical, dance, and theater performances.”

She said she will also continue to serve as a consultant for the eeBoo Corp. — a boutique toy manufacturer that specializes in educational games and gifts — for which she designs reading products to “encourage the hearts of students learning to read.”

Brown joined the Miller-Driscoll community as a reading specialist in 1987.

“Reading advocacy has long been my touchstone as an educator,” she said.

“Reading is the topic of my dissertation, and I will always be grateful to Dave Clune, who was then the superintendent of schools in Wilton, for his foresight in supporting my research into the NYU Reading Recovery program.”

Brown became assistant principal at Miller-Driscoll — in addition to her role as a reading recovery teacher — in 2001.

“Since 2010, I have served full-time as assistant principal at Miller-Driscoll School,” she said, “and I have loved every day of my service.”

Coon, who became Miller-Driscoll’s principal four months ago, said although she got to work with Brown for only a short time, it was obvious from the start “how dedicated she is to this profession and the students at Miller-Driscoll.”

“The careers she has fostered, along with the relationships she has nurtured, have made her a very special part of our Miller-Driscoll family,” said Coon.

Leaving with “a profound sense of gratitude” for her “wonderful colleagues,” as well as “the privilege of having been able to bring so many wonderful children the joy of reading” during her 30 years in Wilton, Brown said, she felt Thanksgiving was an appropriate time to announce her retirement.

“My greatest joy has been working with the children, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, and custodians at Miller-Driscoll,” she said. “I will miss them every day.”

Brown said the Wilton community is “one that really supports education and values educational excellence,” and she is “very grateful” for that support, which has made her career in the school district “a very joyful and satisfying one.”