Bacon Academy announces change of assistant principal
By Colchester schools
Colchester - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Bacon Academy has announced the appointment of Neal Curland as an assistant principal for the 2013-14 school year, to fill in for a current assistant principal who will be reducing his workload for the year to complete his doctorate.
With 33 years of experience as a special education teacher and coach, Curland brings a wealth of knowledge to Colchester. Superintendent of Schools Jeffry Mathieu spoke highly of Curland: “Neal’s excitement and enthusiasm is contagious,” Mathieu said. “He has the perfect personality to motivate the students and staff. His values and personality will be a complement to the strong administrative team and staff at The Academy. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Neal’s character and aptitude for this one-year position.”
Curland completed his Educational Leadership Certification at Sacred Heart University in 2011. He received a master’s degree in special education and human relations from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1987; he received his bachelor’s degree in special education from the American International College in 1980.
Selected from a pool of 17 applicants, Curland was chosen following a rigorous process that included a full day of interviews with school counselors, teacher-leaders, students, office professionals, parents and teacher representatives. He was also presented with a mock case study, and finally interviewed with Mathieu and Barbara Gilbert, the director of teaching and learning. Throughout the interview process, Curland's knowledge and drive were apparent. “I am very excited to join the Bacon Academy family,” Curland said. “I feel blessed and honored to be given this opportunity, and look forward to working with all stakeholders with the best interests of the students in mind.”
Bacon Academy Principal Mark Ambruso had this to say regarding Curland’s appointment: “Mr. Curland is a personable and knowledgeable educational leader who will bring a high level of commitment to educational excellence as assistant principal. His dedication to building strong, positive school-family-community relationships is a perfect fit with the culture at Bacon Academy, and we look forward to his leadership for the 2013-14 school year.”