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OLD SAYBROOK - Rising above the 77 other applicants, Joseph Anastasio was the candidate chosen by the Board of Education to be the next Old Saybrook High School (OSHS) associate principal.
"The number of applications we received says a lot about how candidates view the school district," said Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio.
Anastasio will replace current OSHS Associate Principal Tara Winch, who was recently appointed to the position of principal of Westbrook High School. Perruccio anticipates that Anastasio will start in his new OSHS job on July 1.
"I am very excited to join Old Saybrook High School. I've heard great things about it. It seems like an exciting place that's well supported," said Anastasio. "I look forward to being a part of it."
Anastasio is currently serving as both English teacher leader and English teacher at Bacon Academy in Colchester. A 17-year veteran of the Bacon Academy faculty, he also taught language arts at Lebanon Middle School for four years.
While a department head, he has also served the district in educational leadership positions. While at Bacon, he served as co-chair of the school schedule development committee and as co-chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) instruction committee and on the district-wide NEASC Assessment committee.
He also served on the district-wide language arts curriculum committee and the school discipline and technology committees and spearheaded a reading initiative to bring diagnostic testing and implement reading strategies at the high school.
In the 2007-2008 school year, Anastasio won recognition from his peers and from outside evaluators for his accomplishments. For Bacon Academy, he was named Teacher of the Year.
Also in 2007, the first chapter of his young adult book, Mist, was one of four winners in the PEN New England writing competition. At the PEN New England awards ceremony, he recalled how excited he was when the judge who introduced him was renowned young adult writer Lois Lowry.
Perruccio wrote in the press release that more than 78 completed applications were received for the associate principal position. The hiring process included multiple levels of paper screening, stakeholder information meetings, and extensive reference checks. Semi-finalists were interviewed three different times by parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, a paraprofessional, a secretary, a custodian, and students.