Platt names new principal

Platt Technical High School has appointed Sheila M. Williams as principal.

Williams comes to Platt with nearly 30 years of experience as teacher and administrator. She began her career in 1984 teaching English at Montville High School where she also served as English Department chair for seven years.

In 1997 Montville recognized her achievements by naming her Teacher of the Year. Williams also held the position of Assistant Principal at Wilbur Cross High School, where her many responsibilities included supervision of the English and history departments, coordinating school-wide assessments, professional development, literacy and advanced placement programs as well as administering one of four Smaller Learning Communities.

Williams has certifications in English education, humanities, reading and administration. She has served as teacher consultant and co-director of the Connecticut Writing Project, which is part of the National Writing Project.

In a prepared statement, Williams outlined her goals for the school.

“My goals for Platt Technical High School are to move a good school to an exemplary school by fostering a collaborative and professional community that embraces rigorous and targeted practices regarding content and skill-based instruction in all classrooms and shops,” she said. “In addition, exceptional support, planning and managing of all school and district policies for consistency, transparency, and decision-making that puts students and student learning first. And, of course, I want to never forget my sense of humor, keeping a calm demeanor, a humble approach and a sense of urgency.”

Platt Technical High School is one of 17 regional vocational high schools in the Connecticut Technical High School System.

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