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Assistant Principal Goes Extra Mile

Cheryl Mammen, who had worked in the Shelton school system her entire career, is the new assistant principal at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton. And although Shelton and Easton are only about 20 minutes apart, the move to a smaller town was a big transition for Mammen. But she says it was worth it.

Looking to take her career "above and beyond," Mammen calls Easton a perfect fit. She says she enjoys Easton's close-knit community because it allows her to work more closely with the students, staff and parents. That was difficult to do when she was responding to so many calls in Shelton, she says.

Before Mammen was selected as assistant principal at Staples, she had to face a board of Easton teachers and parents. Mammen says was pleased to see the level of involvement and was impressed by the community's willingness to go the "extra mile" for its students.

Mammen, who also teaches special education courses at Southern Connecticut State University, brings a wealth of experience to Easton. For six years, she worked as an inclusion specialist in the six elementary schools in Shelton, working closely with teachers and families. She was a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Long Hill Elementary for three years, enjoying the age group's sense of independence, adventure and excitement about learning. Six years ago, she earned her administrative certification and began working as an assistant to the principal there.

Mammen, who has dreamed of being a teacher since her days of playing school as a child in Rhode Island, says she is looking forward to her first year in the district.

Learning the names of all the staff and as many students as she can, she says, is a big challenge. "[I look forward to] growing personally and professionally and giving as much as I can to the school," she says.

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