East Shore math teacher now its dean

MILFORD ?- The Board of Education this week appointed East Shore Middle School math teacher Catherine Williams as the school?'s dean of students.

"She rose to the top of the candidates very quickly," said Superintendent of Schools Gregory A. Firn. "She is certainly going to be missed in the classroom and will not miss a beat in transition from the classroom."

Williams replaces Vanessa Taragowski, who left the district in July to join the North Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services. As dean, Taragowski oversaw student discipline, supervised and evaluated staff and coordinated student and staff scheduling since 1999.

East Shore Principal Patricia Barrett said William’s promotion is well deserved. As a dean, she will now have an opportunity to interact with students and families.

"Cathy is a dynamic educator," said Barrett. "She has always extended herself for the benefit of her students. Teaching has been more than a job for Cathy. Teaching is truly her avocation."

Williams was selected from a pool of three candidates and will begin her new position Sept. 24.

Her salary will be between $80,000 and $83,700.

"My goal is to assist all students to achieve," Williams said. "They can all be successful academically and socially. They need to believe in themselves."

A product of the city’s school system, Williams began her teaching career in 1981 at Joseph A. Foran High School. She also taught seventh and eighth grades at Calf Pen Meadow School, when it was a middle school.

Williams began teaching at East Shore in 1990 when it became a middle school.

Active in the school and community, she was named Milford Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Educator in 1995 and has been adviser for both Mathletes , an intra-district math competition, as well as the Ski Club. She also has coached recreational youth softball and track and field at Foran.

She served as an administrative intern at the school last year while earning her sixth year professional diploma in Education Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.

Manuela Da Costa-Fernandes can be reached at Mfernandes@nhregister.com, or 876-6800.