Miller-Driscoll’s new assistant principal is coming from Greenwich

A Greenwich educator with 20 years of experience was selected from more than 80 applicants to become assistant principal of Miller-Driscoll School. Janean Carley will succeed Dr. Sheelah Brown, who retired on Nov. 23. Her appointment is effective Jan. 19.

According to a press release from Maria Coleman, director of human resources and general administration for the Wilton school district, Carley has spent her entire career in the Greenwich Public Schools, serving as a paraprofessional, a third and fifth grade teacher, a grade-level leader, a learning facilitator, and an assistant principal, most recently at the Glenville Elementary School for the past seven years.

“Janean has embodied all of the qualities of an effective leader,” Glenville School Principal Marc D’Amico said in a press release. “Over her tenure as assistant principal, she strived to redefine the position so that she could showcase her talents as an instructional leader.

“Janean is to be commended for her pivotal role in developing our school protocol for teacher video self-analysis, as well as our work in developing peer exploration teams. Janean is to be credited for bringing the student voice into IEP meetings by having children create videos showcasing their academic growth and presenting their efforts at full meetings with parents present.

“Janean has demonstrated how critically important the principal-assistant principal partnership is and that when melded effectively yields transformative results for the learning climate on both the adult and student level. She will be missed greatly for all of her contributions and years of dedicated service to the greater Glenville community.”

As assistant principal at Glenville, she supervises teachers in grades K-2, special educators, and essential area staff. She has also acted as assessment coordinator, overseen special education, developed service opportunities for students, managed the master schedule, coordinated professional learning, and participated in the development of the school improvement plan. She served on the building and renovation team when Glenville School underwent the construction of a new building.

She also assumed the responsibilities of the principal in his absence as necessitated by his role as lead principal for the Greenwich district.

Carley holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education from Providence College and a master’s degree in reading and writing from Manhattanville College. She pursued her administrative certification at Sacred Heart University.

During the application process, Carley participated in three separate interviews: an initial small-group interview, a larger interview with a committee from Miller-Driscoll School, and a final interview with the superintendent, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, members of the board of education, and other district-level leaders.

According to the release, Carley “impressed the broad-based committees with her record of success in Greenwich, her knowledge of teaching and learning, her ability to design effective professional learning opportunities for teachers, and her clear commitment to supporting all students.”