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Principal's Retirement Letter


April 16, 2020

Dear Stratford Academy Families,

I write to you with news that is bittersweet. I did not anticipate informing you of this in such a manner but special times call for special measures.

I will be retiring as principal of Stratford Academy Johnson House as of June 30, 2020. 

Although I reached this decision earlier this year, I had hoped to enjoy my (entire) final year with the students, staff and families whom I love. Sadly, our world has taken an unforeseen path and my time with everyone is looking quite different than I had imagined. 

I am honored to have served the majority of my career in Stratford. I began my journey as a student teacher in 1979 at Johnson Junior High (Yes! Johnson House was a middle school years before it became an elementary school!). I spent several years teaching at St. Charles in Bridgeport, and in Stratford at Nichols School, Franklin School and Flood MIddle School. It is fitting that I not only end my career where it began, it is also fitting that it ends where my heart is. 

Although my decision is certainly a bittersweet one, I am thrilled to be able to leave Stratford Academy in very good hands!  

Please join me in congratulating Stratford Academy Johnson House’s new principal, Mrs. Kathy McNeil.

Mrs. McNeil has been my partner and the Assistant Principal at Stratford Academy for the past six years. Prior to her time at the Academy, Mrs. McNeil served as the Principal of IPP, an outplacement program for students with special needs. Mrs. McNeil’s career has also included teaching positions at St. Raphael’s in Bridgeport, and at Center School and Honeyspot House in Stratford.

I hope to be able to say a proper, “good-bye” to all of you when we return to school. In the meantime, please know that you all remain in my thoughts and prayers and forever, in my heart.

With My Deepest Respect, 

Maureen DiDomenico