Please allow me this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Gail DeBlasio. On the evening of July 10th, I was appointed as the new principal of Brennan-Rogers School by the New Haven Board of Education.
It gives me great pleasure to remain at Brennan-Rogers. I have been in this district for 20 years. My first few years were at Lincoln-Bassett School. After that, I spent 15 years at Davis Street School before finally accepting a position as a Magnet Resource Coach at Brennan-Rogers. Last year I assisted Ms. Lott with the management of the lower school. Therefore, many of you will know me when you see me; especially the little ones in the Clarence Rogers building, who often called me “Dr. D.”
During my tenure as a classroom teacher I had a reputation for being firm, but fair, and establishing high expectations for my students. I taught grades two, three, four, five, and six. I also worked with 7th and 8th graders to enhance their social and emotional learning skills. I have a strong belief in educating the “whole child” and that it does indeed “take a village to raise a child.” A student’s capacity to learn is very much impacted by his or her self-esteem and level of perseverance. I am committed to strengthening those skills and will share some of my plans to achieve that goal in all grade levels when student orientations take place.
Please partner with us in your child’s education by participating in school events. Be there even when you feel like your presence couldn’t possibly make a difference. It does to us, but more importantly, it will speak volumes to your child about your level of concern for his or her education. Children usually learn more by observing adult actions than by our expressed intentions. Actions really often do speak louder than words, so it is important that we let students see us collaborating and that together we demonstrate a unified desire that they reach their highest potential academically.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the upcoming student orientations!