Dr. Anna Cutaia selected as next Milford school superintendent

Dr. Anna Cutaia has been selected as the new Milford superintendent of schools, replacing Dr. Elizabeth Feser when she retires at the end of July.

“The appointment marks the conclusion of an intense search conducted by the board serving as the search committee, with the assistance of Executive Searches/Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S) and input from the Milford community,” states an announcement released by the Milford Board of Education.

Cutaia, 48, comes to Milford with 27 years of professional educational experience, most recently serving as the superintendent of schools for Regional District 14 for the past four years, encompassing the communities of Bethlehem and Woodbury. Before that she served for six years as the director of elementary education in the Fairfield Public School district.

Cutaia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Mary College in 1991, followed by a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. While working as an educator for several years, Cutaia continued her post-graduate studies and received her certificate in the Executive Leadership Program (2007) followed by a Doctorate in Education (2013), both from the University of Connecticut.

“Cutaia’s career path has touched every segment of the educational leadership spectrum,” the board’s press release states. “ She started her career in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she served as a teacher (1991-1998), an assistant principal (1998-2000), and principal (2000 – 2003). In 2003, Dr. Cutaia moved to Connecticut and served as principal of Casimir Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden. During her early years in Connecticut, Dr. Cutaia also worked with the Connecticut State Dept. of Education (CSDE) as an educational consultant and as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University.”

During her time in Regional District 14, she led the development and implementation of a district theory of action and strategy map, guiding decision-making process for the district, officials here said.

In the area of operations and facilities, Cutaia was involved in the planning and financing of multiple facility upgrades — nearly 320,000 square feet of school space.  She also collaborated with district officials on the $63 million renovation project for Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury.

School officials said Cutaia is recognized as a prolific researcher, writer, and presenter in the educational arena.

In a prepared statement, Susan Glennon, Milford Board of Education Chairman, said, "Dr. Cutaia possesses many of the qualities indicated in the Leadership Profile which was developed with input from over 1,000 Milford stakeholders. She has a breadth of experience, from the classroom to her current superintendency. She is well connected to the educational framework of the state and is well versed in the important initiatives that are ongoing in the district. She is committed not only to “students first” but also to building the capacity of those who work directly with our students.  It is for these reasons and more, the board feels Dr. Cutaia is the right fit for Milford Public Schools and we are very excited to have her join our community."

Cutaia said she is looking forward to joining the district and meeting the Milford community.

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Milford Public Schools,” she said. “I look forward to partnering with the greater Milford community and its leaders and building upon the work the staff has accomplished for the benefit of its young people. Together, I know that we will continue the great work.”

Cutaia is expected to begin her post in Milford on or near Aug. 1.