Maria Coleman announced on May 10 that she will be leaving her position as principal of Middlebrook School at the end of June to become the school district's human resources and general administration director.

Susan Paley, who became the district’s human resources director in 2014, will be retiring at the end of the school year and Coleman has accepted the appointment to the position.

"Without question, this announcement is bittersweet for me,” Coleman said in her May 10 letter to parents, guardians and caregivers.

“While I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to apply my 17 years of experience working in elementary, middle and high school settings to a new position,” she said, “I find it difficult to leave the work I have enjoyed so thoroughly, particularly as principal.”

Superintendent Kevin Smith said he is “thrilled” that Coleman will be joining the district leadership team as the director of human resources.

“Maria has worked in three of our schools and has very strong relationships with many teachers and families in the district,” said Smith. “She brings a strong intellect and skillset that will serve the district very well in her new role.”

Before becoming principal of Middlebrook in 2013, Coleman filled many positions within the Wilton school district, including being a second grade teacher at Miller-Driscoll and a mathematics teacher. She also served as an assistant principal at Wilton High School in 2008.

“When I joined Middlebrook's faculty three years ago, I knew I was joining a group of caring adults who honored and celebrated students in profound ways,” said Coleman.

"I sensed that the staff not only understood the unique developmental changes students experience in the middle years, but that their appreciation of those changes helped them maximize student potential.”

In her years at Middlebrook, Coleman said that belief has been “reaffirmed countless times” as she has “witnessed the awe-inspiring love, care and skill demonstrated by our teachers, administrators, and support staff.”

“Knowing that our fine staff will be carrying out the work that has been ongoing reassures me that Middlebrook will experience continued success," she said.

In her letter, Coleman thanked Middlebrook students, parents, guardians and caregivers for making her time at the middle school "so joyful.”