Appointment of New Principal

Dr. Steven Clapp Appointed New Principal at HKMS Starting July 26, 2021
Dr. Steven Clapp

Dr. Steven Clapp Appointed Principal of Helen Keller Middle School in Easton, CT

EASTON, Conn.— On Wednesday, June 30, the Easton Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Steven Clapp the next principal of Helen Keller Middle School, effective July 26, 2021. 

Dr. Clapp, currently an assistant principal at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, Conn., was selected from a pool of nearly 40 well qualified applicants in a process that included input from the community and direct participation from teachers, parents, and administrators who participated in the interview process. 

Dr. Clapp earned his Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College, a Master of Science in Middle School Education from the University of New Haven, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Dr. Rydell Harrison, Superintendent of Schools for Easton, Redding, and Region 9, notes that “coming to Easton is a return for Dr. Clapp to ER9. He started his career at John Read Middle School, and he has been a middle school educator through and through throughout his career.” Dr. Harrison goes on to say of Dr. Clapp, “Steve talks about going from good to great, and great to excellent, and he is absolutely the right person to do that work.”

Jon Stinson, chair of the Easton Board of Education says, “We are all excited to have Dr. Clapp coming into the top spot at HKMS. Over the course of the last twenty-four years Steve has consistently demonstrated his dedication to Middle School students, and now coming into HKMS, he’s shown an eagerness to roll up his sleeves, partner with educators, and do everything in his power to provide the support needed to help us all recover after a tumultuous and trying year.”

The Board would like to thank all of those who assisted by providing input during the process, with special thanks to Joseph Erardi, Ed.D., of JE Consulting for his tireless efforts in the search.

Helen Keller Middle School is located in Easton, Conn. It was a National Blue Ribbon school in 2011 and serves students in 6th through 8th grade, with a total enrollment of approximately 320.

Contact:  Jon Stinson, Board Chair, [email protected]

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