Kristin Goldstein and Dr. Jenna Masone are the newest faces at Ox Ridge and Hindley schools after the Board of Education appointed each to assistant principal positions at the schools.
Masone takes over at Hindley after outgoing assistant principal Melissa Currier took the principal position at Mathewson Elementary School in Milford, and Goldstein takes Luke Forshaw’s position at Ox Ridge where Forshaw is now principal, having replaced long-time educator John Recchi, who retired last year.
For the past two years, Goldstein has worked as the assistant principal at Cos Cob School in Greenwich. Before that, she worked as an interim assistant principal at Parkway School in Greenwich, the school where she worked as a classroom teacher and math learning facilitator since 2000. She began her teaching career in the Hallandale Public Schools in Florida.
As an assistant principal, Goldstein has been responsible for supervising and evaluating teachers, providing professional development in the area of data-based decision making, overseeing the implementation of Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop curriculum, and monitoring special education practices and programming, among others, the schools said.
She participated in district-wide committees to revise the administrator evaluation system, to implement a data team program, and to coordinate district professional development. Her efforts as a math curriculum coach required that she review and update programs, provide professional development to teachers in math, and coordinate school-wide math materials.
Goldstein has been recognized as a “collaborative, reflective administrator” and a person with natural leadership instincts, a deep knowledge of curriculum, and a role model for both her colleagues and students, the schools said.
She earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She received a master of science degree from the College of St. Rose and she recently fulfilled the requirements for her sixth year degree from Sacred Heart University. She has been recognized by Greenwich schools with their special education services award and has either presented or participated in programs sponsored by Harvard, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and UCLA.
She lives with her family in Norwalk.
Hindley’s Masone has spent her entire education career in Norwalk Public Schools, the last six of which have been as the assistant principal at Brookside Elementary School. She began her work in Norwalk as a fifth grade bilingual teacher and then spent most of her teaching career at the first grade.
As assistant principal, Masone has been responsible for supervising and evaluating teachers, analyzing and disaggregating test data, organizing teams of faculty to monitor student and school progress, overseeing building-level special education processes, writing grants, and providing guidance to colleagues in the implementation of Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and Growing with Math curricula. She has sat on district-wide committees related to the Academically Talented program, the SRBI intervention program, district technology applications, and racial and cultural balance in school populations, the schools said.
Masone has developed scheduling practices at Brookside to maximize opportunities for students, worked closely and effectively with the Parent Teacher Organization, and has guided teachers in the school through accreditation processes. Masone has been recognized as an “outstanding leader” who “cares about children and their success,” the schools said.
She earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and master of arts degree in elementary education from Fairfield University, and she was awarded her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Bridgeport.
Masone has received teaching and learning grants from the Dalio Family Foundation and the Norwalk Education Foundation. She is an Urban School Leaders Fellow, a program sponsored by the state Center for School Change and the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
Masone and her family live in Stamford.