Canty to leave Wilton schools

Timothy Canty, who has spent some 26 years as a teacher and administrator in the Wilton School District will leave this summer to take the position of assistant superintendent for secondary education in the Darien Public Schools. The announcement was made by the Darien Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, Stephen V. Falcone.

He will take his new post on July 1, 2013.

From 1987 to 1993 Mr. Canty taught grades five and six at Cider Mill School. From 1993 to 1998 he taught mathematics at Middlebrook before moving to Wilton High School as dean of students in 1998. From 2000 to 2004 he served as associate principal and in 2004 he became principal. He left that position in 2011 to become assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the position he currently holds.

At the time of his appointment to assistant superintendent, Superintendent Gary Richards said Mr. Canty had been “an extraordinarily capable leader” as high school principal.

Coincidentally, Mr. Canty began his teaching career in Darien, where he taught at Royle School and Middlesex Middle School between 1980 and 1987.

As assistant superintendent Mr. Canty has been involved in district initiatives including the adoption of a new K-8 mathematics program, development of 21st Century technology skills into the curriculum, efforts to align curriculum with the Common Core State Standards, and implementation of an expanded Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop model. He has took a leadership role in developing the instructional data team process, expanding teachers’ access to online curriculum mapping tools, and redesigning the professional development plan.

A press release from the Darien School District described him as a  “systemic thinker who quickly makes the required connections between vision, process, … and student achievement.”

Mr. Canty lives in Southbury, Conn.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.