Schools hire assistant superintendents

Two hires down, two more to go.

The Board of Education voted to hire Craig Creller as assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Creller most recently worked for the Norwalk Public School district as an interim chief academic officer.

“He was responsible for closing the achievement gap, planning professional development activities, improving preschool programs, and tackling middle school redesign,” Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote said in an email.

Creller is taking over the position in September, she added. He was hired after the former assistant superintendent Kim Beck announced she would be resigning in May to take a new position out of state.

“[Creller] is an expert in the design of effective middle schools and is a developer and leader of teachers and principals,” said Norwalk Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski.

The schools also hired Dr. Elizabeth Hannaway to serve as assistant superintendent of special services at the Aug. 14 meeting. That position was left open after Dr. Kim Hapken retired on Aug. 12.

Dr. Hannaway currently serves as the assistant director of special education for the Shelton Public Schools. Before that, she worked as the assistant director of special education for kindergarten through fifth grade. She also worked five years as a special education teacher in the Darien Public School district.

“Dr. Hannaway was instrumental in designing program enhancements for PreK-12 special education students,” said Paddyfote.

She is expected to start in October.

The hirings fill two of the four senior administrative positions left vacant. The district is still looking to hire a permanent superintendent and a permanent head of Scotland Elementary school.