Appointment of Principal at Great Neck Elementary School

At the April 27, 2017 Waterford Board of Education Meeting, Ms. Billie Shea was appointed as the Principal for Great Neck Elementary School.  Ms. Shea will officially begin this new role with Waterford on July 1, 2017. Ms. Shea will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Ms. Pat Fedor.

Ms. Shea brings a multitude of professional experiences in education to this new position with Waterford. She holds a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Shea currently serves as the Principal of Stanton School in Norwich, CT.  In that role, Ms. Shea has elevated the culture and climate of the school through an approach that includes shared leadership, collective decision making and a focus on teamwork.  Prior to this role, she served successfully as an Administrative Literacy Specialist, a K-8 Instructional Specialist, a Grade 6 Language Arts Teacher, a Grade 5 Teacher, a Literacy Interventionist, and a Summer Academy Administrator.  Preceding her profession in education, she had a very successful private sector career including roles as a writer/curriculum and staff development specialist, as well as being a co-owner of an information technology research company, where she specialized as a Market Analyst and Director of Research and Reporting.

Colleagues and supervisors in Norwich remarked that Ms. Shea “has brought the staff together…is a culture and climate builder…has built a solid support system for students and is whole-child centered.”  Others said “I trust her.  She has high expectations for herself.  She has strong knowledge of curriculum, instruction, blended learning, data and assessment.  She fosters a strong collaborative culture focused on promoting positive outcomes.”  On behalf of the entire search committee, we congratulate Ms. Shea.  We are confident she will be a great addition to the staff, students, and families of the Waterford Public Schools.

Ms. Shea is excited to join the Waterford team.  She looks forward to bringing her passion and talent as an educational leader to the Waterford school community