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Joel Barlow Welcomes Easton, Redding Students As New School Year Kicks Off

Students arrive at Joel Barlow High School on Wednesday morning for the first day of school.
Students arrive at Joel Barlow High School on Wednesday morning for the first day of school. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Teachers welcome students at Joel Barlow High School on Wednesday morning for the first day of school.
Teachers welcome students at Joel Barlow High School on Wednesday morning for the first day of school. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Heading for school on the first day at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
Heading for school on the first day at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A lineup of buses at Joel Barlow
A lineup of buses at Joel Barlow Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Heading in for the first day of school at Joel Barlow
Heading in for the first day of school at Joel Barlow Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students from Easton and Redding attend Joel Barlow High School.
Students from Easton and Redding attend Joel Barlow High School. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
High school students from Easton and Redding attend Joel Barlow High School.
High school students from Easton and Redding attend Joel Barlow High School. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Falcon Nation
Falcon Nation Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Heading for the door
Heading for the door Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Heading for school on the first day in Redding.
Heading for school on the first day in Redding. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Buses head in
Buses head in Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Joel Barlow High School
Joel Barlow High School Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A lineup of buses
A lineup of buses Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Joel Barlow High School
Joel Barlow High School Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Easton & Redding public school buses
Easton & Redding public school buses Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
First day
First day Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Buses heading in
Buses heading in Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

EASTON / REDDING, Conn. — As the sun was rising on Wednesday, Aug. 26, students from Easton and Redding returned to class after a long summer break.

And those students may notice a few major changes this school year. Thomas McMorran, who had been head of school at Joel Barlow High School, took over the post of superintendent from Bernard Josefsberg, who retired July 1.

Gina Pin is now the newly appointed interim head of school at Joel Barlow High School. She was previously the assistant principal.

Pin earned a bachelor’s of science degree in general education and special education from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1985. In 1991, she received her master's of science degree in school counseling from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. In 2005, she received her school leadership degree from the University of Bridgeport. She plans to complete her doctorate of education in educational leadership in 2016 from Manhattanville College.

Pin previously worked in the Ridgefield Public Schools as both a special education and psychology teacher and also as a student life coordinator from 1996 to 2008. From July 2008 to 2015, Pin was the assistant principal of Joel Barlow High School.

She will lead the the over 1,000-member student body this school year.

A few students went to school a bit early this year. This past Monday, Aug. 24, Joel Barlow held a new student orientation, offering students a chance to meet the new head of school along with old and new friends as well as teachers, school counselors, and administrators.

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