May 28, 2015
The Board of Education has officially chosen H. Kaye Griffin, Ed.D. as the Interim Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Griffin will officially begin her duties on July 1, 2015. Dr. Griffin fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Superintendent Jerome R. Belair.
Dr. Griffin holds a Post-Doctorate in Mid-Management and Educational Leadership, a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s Degree in Education all awarded by the University of Houston. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary School Education is from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Griffin brings over twenty-five (25) years of administrative experience to Waterford. Dr. Griffin retired in 2007 after serving as the Superintendent of Schools in Madison for 13 years. Prior to that, she served for five years as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Madison and seven years as an Instructional Officer for Secondary English Language Arts in Klein, Texas. Since her retirement in 2007, Dr. Griffin has served as an Interim Superintendent in Salem, Sterling, and Fisher’s Island (New York). Additionally, she has worked as a consultant affiliated with Cooperative Educational Services since her retirement.
In addition to her vast administrative experience, Dr. Griffin is also a member of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the New England Association of School Superintendents (NEASS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She is an active member of CAPSS and has served in multiple positions on the Board of Directors, including President. She currently is an active member of the CAPSS Past-Presidents' Council.
While serving as a full-time superintendent, Dr. Griffin participated on various State, regional and local committees; the most notable is her work as a CAPSS representative to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Strategic Planning Focus Group, Connecticut Educator Continuum Certification Steering Committee, and Connecticut Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Dr. Griffin also participated in many volunteer activities during her tenure in Madison as well as serving as President of the Madison Rotary Club. She has also served as a mentor for aspiring superintendents and participated in the Leadership Mentoring Program for Superintendent Candidates at the University of Connecticut while in her position in Madison
The Board of Education is excited for Dr. Griffin to lead the district during the search for a permanent Superintendent. The Board is confident that Dr. Griffin will continue to guide the district in its next level of work. Dr. Griffin resides in East Haddam.