Trumbull High's new principal looks forward to getting to work
He’ll have to get used to a longer commute and a much larger student population, but Guilford High School Assistant Principal Marc Guarino said he can’t wait for July 1, when he takes on his new role as principal of Trumbull High School.
“I’m looking forward to every aspect of this community,” Guarino said. “Everything I’ve read and researched has been positive and I know this is a community with high expectations and I will do everything I can to live up those expectations.”
The Board of Education announced Guarino’s hiring last Tuesday. He will be replacing Dr. Robert Tremaglio, who is stepping down as principal and taking a part-time position as director of the Agriscience and Biotechnology Center.
Guarino received his bachelor of arts degree from Stonehill College and his master’s of arts, with additional graduate study in educational leadership, from Sacred Heart University.
Guarino’s 16 years in education started as a social studies teacher in Guilford, where he also lives with his family. He later became Social Studies department chair and has been assistant principal of the high school for the last five years.
Some of his accomplishments in Guilford include adding more advanced placement classes for students and starting Capstone courses. In the last five years he has taken on a number of leadership roles in the Guilford district, including overseeing summer enrichment.
Guarino said he was familiar with Trumbull before applying for the job, since Guilford and Trumbull are in the same district reference group.
“It’s an extremely high-performing school district,” Guarino said of Trumbull. “I was very excited for the opportunity to continue my career here.”
Guarino was interviewed by a committee that included district staff, student body, parents and community members. The district said Guarino impressed the committee in the interview process.
The biggest difference between Guilford and Trumbull is the size, Guarino said. He is going from a student body of less than 1,100 to one of about 2,200 students.
“I see it as a really positive thing,” Guarino said of the larger population. “You have more resources and more opportunities for students to get engaged at a larger school.”
Guarino said he is eager to talk with staff, students, parents and the community in the future and set more specific goals for moving the district forward.
“The overall goal I have is that we really focus on all students,” he said. “Figuring out what can we do to move every kid forward.”
Guarino and his wife, who is a teacher in Guilford, have three children, a 13-year-old, 11-year-old and a three-year-old.
“Education is how I live my life, it’s not just a job I do and then shut off at the end of the day,” Guarino said. “I will commit myself 110, 120% to make the school as successful as it can be.”