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Asst. superintendent to leave Darien by next school year

Matt Byrnes, currently Darien’s assistant superintendent for secondary education, has been named the 10th head of school at Wooster School in Danbury, and will assume the position beginning July 1, 2013. Byrnes is a Ridgefield resident.

Previously, he served as principal at Brewster High School in New York and Novato High School in California. Along with his extensive administrative experience, Byrnes brings a superior knowledge of curriculum development, a strong understanding of budgeting and planning, and a superb career as a school leader.

“Matt was selected from a highly competitive, highly qualified candidate pool,” said Jim Mustich, president of the Wooster School Board of Trustees. “He is a proven leader and teacher and we look forward to his leadership as we enter our 88th year serving students in Fairfield and Westchester counties.”

A life-long learner and educator, Byrnes has more than a decade of experience in education administration and holds degrees from Duke University, San Francisco State and UC Berkeley.

“Wooster is a wonderful place with rich traditions, a storied past and a bright future,” said Byrnes. “My family and I are excited about joining the Wooster community because it’s not just a place for me to work, but a place where we want to educate and raise our children, a learning community and a true community of care. We can’t wait to get started.”

Wooster School is an independent, college preparatory co-ed day school in Danbury. The school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Additionally, Wooster also includes the Prospect School at Wooster which serves students of average and above-average intelligence from ages 7 through 14 with identified learning differences.

The Ridgefield Press is a Hersam Acorn newspaper.

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