Kris Szabo has been an educator for over twenty-five years. She graduated Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. While pursuing her education degree at BU, Kris worked at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, in Brighton, MA, as a milieu counselor. In this role, she worked on a team of specialist to provide treatment for children ages 3-19 in crisis.
After graduating Boston University, Kris moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked at P.B. Ritch Elementary School in Hiram, GA. At P.B. Ritch, Kris worked on a team of teachers as Interrelated Resource Room Teacher grades 1-5 and a fourth grade classroom teacher. Kris enjoyed this rural experience but longed to move back to the Northeast.
Kris returned to Connecticut and began working in Region 18, Lyme-Old Lyme, CT. Kris spent 5 years in Region 18. During this time she worked as a Tutorial Reading and Math teacher for grades 6-8. In this role she worked closely with the school administration to design and implement a Developmental Reading Course for middle school students not meeting benchmarks on standardized assessments. Kris also worked as a regular education classroom teacher and special education teacher in Region18. During this time Kris obtained a Master of Art Degree from Saint Joseph College in Reading and Language Arts. Which lead to her role as the K-8 Language Arts Coordinator for Region 18. As the coordinator, Kris fell in love with being an instructional leader for her colleagues. This inspired Kris to pursue her administrative degree and certification to become a school administrator.
Kris received her Administration and Supervision degree and certification from Sacred Heart University in 1999. Her first administrative position was Principal, for five years, at Griswold Elementary School in Connecticut. Her love for teaching and learning and desire to work in a high performing district resulted in her seeking employment in Westport. Kris was hired as Principal of Coleytown Middle School in 2004. Kris’ strengths are her ability to support and develop teachers which have been instrumental in leading. At one time, Kris initially had plans to pursue central office administration as a director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment but she fell in love with the middle school students and staff. If you ask Kris what she loves most about her job she’ll tell you “It isn’t a job; it’s what I love to do!” Kris loves being a building administrator and working in Westport.