Canty is leaving for Darien

Wilton Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Timothy Canty will be departing for the position of assistant superintendent for secondary education in the Darien Public Schools. The announcement, made by the Darien Superintendent of Schools, Stephen V. Falcone, ends a 26-year career in Wilton for Mr. Canty.

The Southbury, Conn., resident began his tenure in Wilton as a math and science teacher at Cider Mill and Middlebrook schools before heading to Wilton High School, where he was a dean for two years.

Mr. Canty eventually became associate principal and eventually principal at WHS before taking the role of assistant superintendent for instruction.

“During this time, he has played a major role in helping lead the work on our strategic plan,” said Superintendent Gary Richards. “He has also been a central figure in leading some key curriculum improvement initiatives, including a new K-8 mathematics curriculum, the continuing work with integration of technology as a tool for teaching and learning, efforts to align the district’s curriculum with the Common Core State Standards, and the implementation of an expanded readers and writers workshop model in the district.”

Board of Education Chairman Bruce Likly was effusive in his praise for Mr. Canty.

“The efforts Mr. Canty has led as assistant superintendent to enhance our curriculum, expand our analysis and utilization of testing results, and further the implementation of the Wilton Public Schools strategic plan and our curriculum mapping will pay dividends to Wilton students and residents for years to come,” Mr. Likly said. “While we will miss his contributions to Wilton, we are happy for Mr. Canty and wish him success as he pursues his new opportunity with the Darien Public Schools.”

While the district wishes Mr. Canty well, the question of replacing him comes to the forefront.

“There will be no period of absence, as Mr. Canty will not assume his new position in Darien until July 1, 2013,” Dr. Richards said. “We have posted the position and have begun the process of searching for a new assistant superintendent.”

In a letter to the staff in Wilton, Mr. Canty said the decision to leave was a difficult one.

“I grew up in Wilton and graduated from Wilton High School,” he said. “I served the school district for 25 years as a teacher, instructional leader, interscholastic athletic coach, high school administrator, and central office administrator. In all of these assignments, I valued the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues. I will greatly miss the professionalism, expertise, and commitment that characterize the faculty and staff of the Wilton Public Schools.”

Among Mr. Canty’s more recent triumphs, he facilitated adoption of a new K-8 mathematics program, as well as a redesign of the district professional development plan.

Dr. Richards added, “He has worked well with our teachers and administrators and has provided great support to the excellent work that is being done in all of our schools. We will certainly miss him but appreciate the many contributions he has made to our school system during his years in Wilton.”

The move will take Mr. Canty back to Darien, where he began his career in 1980. Still, he feels strong ties to his hometown.

“Although I am excited at the prospect of working for the Darien Public Schools, please know that I will forever be a Wilton Warrior and will always cherish the memories of the bright, wonderful and hopeful days we shared working together to provide the students of Wilton with an outstanding educational experience,” he said.