Goodwin College has announced the appointment of Dr. Jasdeep Singh as principal of its Early Childhood Magnet School in East Hartford. He assumed the new position on August 10.
Singh earned his B.S. in Life Sciences and his M.A in Education from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from the University of Hartford. For the the past 13 years, he has worked as a teacher and leader in the West Hartford Public Schools, most recently as the principal of Wolcott Elementary School. He has also served as an assistant principal, instructional leader, and leader in technology integration in the classroom. Singh’s colleagues consistently cite his inspirational vision for student success and his ability to build and maintain strong relationships with children, families, and teachers.
The Early Childhood Magnet School opened on the College campus in 2013 for PRE-K to kindergarten. It has rapidly expanded to include first grade to third grade and is in the process of expanding up to fifth grade. It operates through a partnership between Goodwin College and LEARN, a Regional Educational Service Center..
“With the ongoing expansion of the Early Childhood Magnet School, we are looking forward to the leadership that Dr. Singh will bring to our community,” said Lynn Guerriero, Goodwin College’s Director of Magnet School Operations. “His energetic and enthusiastic personality, along with his vast expertise, will provide the support needed for our teachers and students to carry our school through to the next level of excellence.”
“Dr. Singh, as an experienced principal, brings a unique set of skills to this position. His interest in deepening the partnership with Goodwin College and maximizing the relationship with the College will help to continue to develop the school in new and important ways,” said Dr. Eileen S. Howley, Executive Director of LEARN.
The magnet school’s curriculum is project based and embraces the internationally recognized Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. This model gives children a voice in determining the direction of their learning and affords them opportunities to express themselves and to learn through all of the senses.
“The Reggio Emilia approach, magnet school setting, and current practices are exciting because they provide children with a student-led environment and promote active family connections,” said Singh. “To support the success of all children, I believe that a holistic approach with students and families is important. Children learn in so many ways and providing them with the opportunity to be empowered in the process can develop self-efficacy and lifelong learners.”
Admission to the Early Childhood Magnet School is overseen by the Regional School Choice Office in Hartford. The application period runs from November 1, 2016, through February 28, 2017. Regional School Choice Informational fairs are scheduled for November 5 and December 3 , 2016, and January 21 and February 11, 2017. Visit the RSCO website at www.choiceeducation.org.