Stamford hires assistant principal from Norwalk, special education administrator from Greenwich

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Cloonan Middle School, 11 West North St. in Stamford, Connecticut, Feb. 12, 2020.

Cloonan Middle School, 11 West North St. in Stamford, Connecticut, Feb. 12, 2020.

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STAMFORD — A former assistant principal at high schools in Norwalk and Hartford has been hired as an assistant principal at Cloonan Middle School.

Hector Huertas, who spent six years at Norwalk High as a teacher and administrator and for the past two years has been assistant principal at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, will take over the role previously held by Alexander Hanna, who moved to Rogers International School this summer.

“Mr. Huertas’ professional background and experience we believe will be an asset to our school community,” said David Tate, principal at Cloonan, in a press release from Stamford Public Schools. “With his experience in urban school systems as a teacher and as an administrator ... I believe he brings an empowering perspective. We are excited to have him join our team and expand our capacity to serve the needs of all our students.”

Huertas worked for Miami Dade County Public Schools from 2004 to 2014 before coming to Norwalk High and then to Bulkeley.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in art and architecture from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in teacher education from Sacred Heart University. He has 18 years of experience in the elementary, middle and high school levels, according to the press release.

On Wednesday, Stamford schools also announced it had hired Lindsey Pontieri as the district’s new assistant director of special education and related services.

Pontieri was an assistant principal at Central Middle School in Greenwich the past four years. Previously, she was a special education teacher at Greenwich Alternative High School before moving to Western Middle School, where she was a seventh and eighth grade special education teacher.

“Lindsey’s experience as both an assistant principal and as a special education teacher will serve her well in her new role with us,” said Meghan Osowiecki, the district’s director of special education, in the press release. “Coming from another school district will bring a different viewpoint that will help us as we strive to achieve our department’s goals.”

Pontieri holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College.