Days after successfully defending her doctoral dissertation Tuesday, Middlesex Middle School Principal Karolyn Rodriguez had her baby a little early on Thursday and began a leave of absence for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Alan Addley announced in a letter to parents and staff.
Rodriguez had been expecting the birth next week. It’s the second birth for a top Middlesex School official: on April 13, Assistant Principal Dana Hutchins gave birth to a son (Sammy Hutchins Jr.). Hutchins is now out on maternity leave.
With blessed events expected, the school district came up with a plan for temporary administrators for the two positions. The plan is a bit complex, with replacements being replaced by new replacements over the summer before the principal and assistant principal are back to work.
Can’t Tell the Interim Administrators Without a Scorecard
Here’s the plan, a description of the interim administrators and when they’ll be coming and going:
Dr. Thomas McMorran will serve as the interim principal of the school from Tuesday, April 26 through the end of the school year, Addley said in the announcement, which was sent out on Thursday.
About McMorran: He is a former superintendent of the Easton/Redding school district (from 2015 to 2020) and was “head of school” for Joel Barlow High School and assistant superintendent for the district for seven years before that. He had previously taught English in middle school and high school.
For most of the summer, the Middlesex interim principal will be Mary Scalise, the current MMS assistant principal. Rodriguez is expected to return in August.
“Through the end of this school year, the secondary program director for special education and student services and the department chairs will provide administrative support to Dr. McMorran and Ms. Scalise,” the announcement said.
Interim Assistant Principals
Again, Mary Scalise is the current Middlesex assistant principal.
From Aug. 15 to Dec. 31, Lucy West, a social studies teacher at the school, will serve as interim assistant principal while Hutchins continues her maternity leave.
About West: West has been a teacher at Middlesex for 31 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College, a master’s degree in English and elementary education from the University of Bridgeport, a second master’s degree in Learning from Sacred Heart University, and certificates relating to education from Southern Connecticut State University. Addley described her as “a highly respected social
studies teacher leader at MMS.”
The Superintendent’s Announcement
Here’s the full text. Darienite.com received it in a 3 p.m. email on Thursday:
April 21, 2022
Dear Middlesex Middle School Parents & Staff,
As many of you know, Middlesex Principal, Dr. Karolyn Rodriguez, was eagerly anticipating the birth of her child next week; however, she is having the baby today! We extend our congratulations to Dr. Rodriquez on the exciting news and on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation on Tuesday night!
This letter outlines the coverage plan for the maternity leaves of absence for Assistant Principal Dana Hutchins, who gave birth to son Sammy Hutchins Jr. on April 13, 2022, and for Dr. Rodriguez the Middle School Principal.
Interim Principal (April 26-June 20): Dr. Thomas McMorran will serve as the Interim Middlesex Middle School Principal from April 26, 2022 until the end of the school year.
Dr. McMorran received a Bachelor’s degree in English and education from Boston College, a Master’s degree in Philosophical Resources from Fordham University, a Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.
Dr. McMorran was a middle and high school English teacher for twenty years before moving to administration, first as a Dean of Students, then English Department Chair, and Assistant Principal at Ridgefield High School. Dr. McMorran served as Assistant Superintendent and Head of School at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT during the 2007-2015 school years, and served as Superintendent from 2015-2020 in the
Easton/Redding/Region 9 School District. Since his retirement, Dr. McMorran has served as an interim administrator in both Brookfield and Region 9. Dr. McMorran is a highly regarded Superintendent and educator in the Southern Fairfield County region.
Interim Principal (June 21-August 12): Ms. Mary Scalise, the current MMS Assistant Principal, will serve as Interim Principal over the summer until Dr. Rodriguez returns in August.
Interim Assistant Principal (August 15-December 31): In August 2022, Ms. Lucy West, a highly respected social studies teacher leader at MMS, will serve as the Interim Assistant Principal while Ms. Hutchins continues her maternity leave this fall. Ms. West has been a teacher at MMS for 31 years, serving as the social studies curriculum monitor from
2014-2017. Ms. West received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College, a Master’s degree in English and elementary education from the University of Bridgeport, a second Master’s degree in Learning from Sacred Heart University, a Sixth Year Certificate degree in Educational Leadership and her administrative certification from Southern Connecticut State University.
Through the end of this school year, the Secondary Program Director for Special Education and Student Services and the Department Chairs will provide administrative support to Dr. McMorran and Ms. Scalise in Ms. Hutchins’ absence.
We offer our best wishes to Dr. Rodriguez and Ms. Hutchins, a warm Darien welcome to Dr. McMorran, and our congratulations to Ms. Mary Scalise and Ms. Lucy West. Dr. McMorran will reach out to families with a letter of introduction tomorrow.
Alan Addley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools