Coleman will be new Middlebrook principal

Maria Coleman, an assistant principal at Wilton High School, will be the next principal of Middlebrook Middle School. Her appointment was announced by Superintendent of Schools Gary Richards at the Board of Education’s meeting on Thursday evening, Feb. 7.

“Maria has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to the students,” Dr. Richards said. “She strives to do the right things for the right reasons.”

Ms. Coleman will succeed Julia Harris, who announced her retirement in November. Ms. Harris will leave at the end of the school year after a 28-year career.

Ms. Coleman has filled many positions within the Wilton school district, including being a second grade teacher at Miller-Driscoll and a mathematics teacher. She joined Wilton High as assistant principal in 2008.

Dr. Richards said Ms. Coleman, who has a master’s degree in educational technology from Duke University, “has played a key role in developing and retooling the high school reading program.

“Maria is well known for operating at the highest ethical standard. … She has respect for students, staff and parents.”

Ms. Coleman was selected from a pool of numerous applicants by a search committee that included teachers, parents and board of education members.

“We all agree while there’s a bittersweet quality to saying good-bye to an administrator of Julia’s caliber … there is excitement to welcoming Maria,” Dr. Richards said.

Her nomination was unanimously approved by the Board of Education and she received a standing ovation from the district staff in attendance.