NEW BRITAIN – Longtime educator Manuel Zaldivar has been officially named principal of Chamberlain Elementary School.
Zaldivar worked as the interim principal at Chamberlain for the 2019-20 school year and has previously served as assistant principal. He was unanimously approved for the appointment by the New Britain Board of Education on May 16. His official start date is July 1.
“Mr. Zaldivar is a gifted educator who has done an incredible job leading Chamberlain Elementary School during this school year,” said Nancy Sarra, superintendent. “He has a genuine heart and wonderful ability to make meaningful connections and create the kind of inclusive environment for all students, families, and staff that defines the Chamberlain community. His commitment to his students’ success and ability to inspire makes Mr. Zaldivar the perfect person to lead Chamberlain into an exciting future.”
As an educator for 20 years, Zaldivar spent eight of those years with the Consolidated School District of New Britain. He taught as a first grade English Language Development teacher at Smalley Elementary School and as a second grade bilingual teacher at DiLoreto Elementary and Middle School.
“I am elated and honored to have the opportunity to lead the school where ‘Love Wins’ every day. This is evident in our teachers’ loving and caring interactions with our students,” said Zaldivar. “We want Chamberlain to become the place where social-emotional needs and academic rigor are a priority, but we can’t do it alone. In partnership with the Chamberlain community, we will prepare our students to be global citizens through the implementation of a new curriculum and a student-centered learning environment.”
In addition to numerous other accolades Zaldivar has earned throughout his educational career, which includes being named the Smalley Elementary Teacher of the Year, he was honored as the 2016 Connecticut recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The award is an annual national recognition of select educators in each state, recognizing “early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.”
He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer systems and management applications at Fordham University in 2004, a Master of Science in childhood education at Lehman College at the City University of New York in 2007, and administrator certification at Sacred Heart University in 2016.
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