Cutaia named next Milford schools superintendent

Anna Cutaia

Anna Cutaia

The Board of Education on Tuesday, May 29, appointed seasoned educator Anna Cutaia as superintendent of schools to succeed retiring schools chief Elizabeth Feser.

Cutaia, superintendent of schools for Regional District 14, which encompasses Bethlehem and Woodbury, and former director of elementary education in Fairfield, will take the reins of the city’s school system around Aug. 1.

“Dr. Cutaia possesses many of the qualities indicated in the leadership profile which was developed with input from over 1,000 Milford stakeholders,” which included parents, board chairwoman Susan Glennon said in a prepared statement. “She has a breadth of experience, from the classroom to her current superintendency.”

Cutaia got a warm welcome from the board. Glennon said Cutaia was one of eight candidates interviewed from a beginning pool of 16 and she really stood out.

Glennon said she’s impressed with the breadth of Cataia’s experience and she believes they “found the right person.”

Glennon said the search for someone to replace Feser was thorough, spanning several states, and there were no internal candidates or former school administrators who applied.

Cutaia said in an interview after her appointment that she knows Milford is known as “the little city with the big heart,” and that is accurate if how she’s been treated so far is any indication.

She said her goals and philosophies are in keeping with those of the Milford board, including putting student learning first.

“I love that Milford is a community-supported school district,” she said.

Cutaia started her career in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she served as a teacher from 1991-98, an assistant principal from 1998-2000 and principal from 2000-03. In 2003 she moved to Connecticut and worked in Casmir Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden. During those early years in Connecticut she also served as an educational consultant with the state Department of Education and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University, according to a news release provided by the Milford Education Department.

“Dr. Cutaia’s career path has touched every segment of the educational leadership spectrum,” the release states.

The release says Cutaia has a bachelor of arts degree from Mount St. Mary College and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received a doctorate in education from UConn in 2013.

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Milford Public Schools,” Cutaia said in a statement. “Together I know that we will continue the great work.”