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Rosemary Duthie

Gregory J. Dirkson
Assistant Principal

Justin Marciano
Assistant Principal

Rosemary Duthie, Principal

Rosemary Duthie began her career in education as a chemistry teacher. She taught in both public and private high schools on Long Island, New York. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Duthie coached and served as a class advisor. She left the classroom in 1985 and became an assistant principal in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District on Long Island.

During her tenure in Bellmore-Merrick, Ms. Duthie supervised and coordinated the peer leadership program, peer mediation program and student athlete leadership program. She served on various committees including, but not limited to: the Committee on Special Education, the Curriculum Committee, the Drug Free Schools Committee, and the Science Facilities Committee. Ms. Duthie received the PTA Lifetime Membership Award in recognition of her contributions to the school system and its students.

In 1995, Ms. Duthie joined the Wallingford Public Schools as an assistant principal at Mark T. Sheehan High School. She expanded her efforts in the supervision and evaluation of faculty by piloting the use of a goal based portfolio as an evaluation tool. Ms. Duthie was named the Wallingford Public Schools Administrator of the Year in 1999 and became principal of Mark T. Sheehan High School in 2000. She served on, as well as chaired, various district committees including, but not limited to: the Science Curriculum Management Team, High School Reform Committee, Language Arts Curriculum Management Team, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, Professional Portfolio Committee, Block Scheduling Committee, Art and Music Curriculum Management Team, District Mission Statement and Goals Committee, and District Graduation Requirements Committee. In addition, Ms. Duthie was the past-president of the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) Board of Governors in which she continues to actively participate. She also created the Peers Supporting Peers Internship program and introduced the concept of a music consultant to the school district.

Ms. Duthie is currently a member of the TEAM Coordinating Committee (TCC), Mathematics Curriculum Management Team, Editorial Board for the district newsletter, and Business Think Tank. She also actively participates in CIAC, CAS, and SCC committees and serves as a member on NEASC accreditation teams.

Gregory Dirkson, Assistant Principal

Gregory J. Dirkson began his career in education as an English teacher at Mark T. Sheehan High School in 2005. Prior to joining the administrative team at Sheehan, he taught English at Sheehan for eight years and in 2013 he joined the Wallingford Curriculum Team as a Humanities Curriculum Resource Teacher.

As a classroom English teacher, Mr. Dirkson taught juniors and seniors at each academic level. Working with a colleague, he created the curriculum and pioneered the Advanced Placement Language and Composition course in the district. He became actively involved in the district integration of the Common Core into the English curriculum by attending curriculum consortiums and joining writing teams within the district to design the first Common Core aligned English curricula at the high school level. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Dirkson assisted with the direction of four Fall drama productions and four Spring musicals during his tenure at Sheehan.

As a Humanities Curriculum Resource Teacher, Mr. Dirkson worked with teachers in grades K-12 to create, implement, and evaluate curriculum, instruction, and district initiatives. To promote a more accessible, adaptable, and recursive approach to curriculum, Mr. Dirkson promoted the transition of past and current curriculum units and performance tasks onto Google. He also worked with teachers and administrators on district initiatives such as Mastery Based Learning and the District Writing Action Team. Throughout the year, Mr. Dirkson routinely met with teachers to address their needs and the needs of student as well as provide professional development in a variety of topics relating to curriculum and instruction.

Mr. Dirkson holds a B.S. in Secondary Education with an English Major from Central Connecticut State University, a M.A.L.S from Wesleyan University in Humanities, and a 6th year diploma in Educational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.

Justin Marciano, Assistant Principal

Mr. Justin Marciano is a proud graduate of Mark T. Sheehan High School. He began his career in education as an English teacher at North Haven High School in Connecticut and taught grades nine, eleven, and twelve.

As an English teacher, Mr. Marciano wrote curriculum and created common assessments for grades nine and twelve, was trained in the Common Core State Standards, co-taught with special education teachers, and helped develop school-wide reading and writing rubrics and close-reading assessments. In his first year as an English teacher he created a highly successful senior elective in African-American literature that he continued to teach until his departure to become assistant principal at Mark T. Sheehan High School in 2014.

During his time at North Haven, Mr. Marciano served on various committees, including, but not limited to, NEASC, PBIS, and the scheduling committee. He also worked as the administrative substitute and was co-chair of the school-wide data team. Mr. Marciano was the chair and co-author of the NEASC seven-year report and developed classroom-level interventions and new pilot programs for struggling readers and writers. He also provided professional development and guidance in the use of PowerSchool for new teachers. Additionally, Mr. Marciano served as the Diversity Club advisor and head coach for the powderpuff team.

Mr. Marciano holds a B.A. in English Literature, M.S. in Education, both from the University of New Haven, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. In 2008 he was one of twelve teachers in the country accepted to the National Humanities Center’s conference on African-American literature, history and art, and he was voted North Haven High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2010.

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