Former Wilton teacher returns to lead Middlebrook

Lauren Feltz is returning to the town where her career in education began as the next  principal of Middlebrook School. She succeeds Maria Coleman who is now the district’s director of human resources.

Her official start date is Aug. 9, but she is presently participating in professional development for Wilton administrators.

The announcement of Feltz’s appointment was made by the Wilton School District, which described her as “an experienced educator who has been working in the field for 19 years.”

That journey began in Wilton as a first- and second-grade teacher at Driscoll School for 13 years, eventually spearheading curriculum efforts as the mathematics instructional leader for Miller and Driscoll Schools.

In 2010, Feltz moved on to be assistant principal at Emma Hart Willard School in Berlin, Conn., until 2013. For the past three years, she has served as principal of Middlebury Elementary School. There, she was the sole administrator, instructional leader, school climate specialist, and chair for SRBI and PPT meetings, a district press release said.

In her latest position Feltz worked to improve instruction and school climate. Her efforts included:

  • Implementing a reading and writing workshop;

  • Developing an advisory program;

  • Participating in instructional rounds;

  • Improving school-based volunteerism.

“Ms. Feltz was selected for this position after an in-depth search and interview process,” the district press release said. “She was chosen from a pool of over 40 applicants, after which she participated in three separate interviews and hosted a small group for a site visit at Middlebury Elementary School.”

The first interview was conducted with Coleman and Assistant Superintendent Charles Smith. The second included Coleman, Middlebrook faculty, a parent representative, and a member of the Middlebrook administration. Lastly, Feltz met with a member of the Board of Education,  Superintendent Kevin Smith, an administrator from Middlebrook, and Coleman.

“During the interview process, Ms. Feltz impressed the broad-based committees with her unwavering commitment to ensuring that all students achieve, her genuine desire to support teachers and staff, and her natural ability to inspire all learners,” the release said. “For these reasons, the interview committees extended their strong endorsement of Ms. Feltz to be the next principal of Middlebrook School.”

Feltz earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke College and master’s degrees from Cambridge College and The Graduate Institute.

Middlebrook School serves approximately 1,019 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. It was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2011 by the federal Department of Education.

On its website, the school lists its five beliefs:

We treat others as we want to be treated.

We accept honesty as our only policy.

We take pride in our work and in our school.

We are responsible for our actions.

We have a right to a safe and orderly environment.