Milford native returns home to lead school diversity, equity efforts

MILFORD — A familiar face will be joining the school system as its instructional supervisor of equity and engagement.

Marissa Acampora, a Milford native, will assume the position in January. According to Superintendent Anna Cutaia, Acampora will focus on ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are a mainstay throughout the district.

"I'm eager to bring my passion for equitable education to the work that Milford Public Schools is already engaged in," said Acampora, who is joining Milford Public Schools after stints with districts in New Haven, Orange and West Haven. "I look forward to creating relationships in our school district that support inclusion and engagement for all students, staff and members of our community."

She added that working in Milford was an honor.

"Coming back to serve the city where I was born and raised is a unique and special opportunity," she said. 

Cutaia said she is confident Acampora brings "the knowledge, skill set, and disposition to continue the conversations, to grow and strengthen community partnerships, and to tackle difficult issues with courage."

“Having a person in the role of equity and engagement is to ensure we have a culture that is inclusive of all individuals and allows equitable access, experiences and outcomes for all our students,” she said.

Acampora received her degree in communication disorders and sciences from Southern Connecticut State, later earning a masters in speech and language pathology. After several years working as a speech and language pathologist in New Haven, Orange and West Haven, Acampora earned an intermediate administrator certificate from Sacred Heart in 2019.

In 2021, Acampora was named the central office director of programs and engagement in the West Haven Public School District after being the central office district liaison just as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020.

"I have always believed the power of excellent communication, and relationship building not only helps to inform our community members but establishes a stronger level of trust when times of change are at the forefront,” she said.