Cos Cob assistant principal to return to teaching at North Mianus
GREENWICH — Cos Cob School assistant principal Michael Reid announced Wednesday that he will return to North Mianus School as a second grade teacher, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
Reid was one of three assistant principals who swapped roles last summer, taking over for Barbara Oxer, the Cos Cob School assistant principal who moved to Glenville School. The changes were announced last summer by former Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea and Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo, and angered some parents, who protested by signing petitions.
The transitions were part of what the superintendents called an “administrator aspirant” strategy.
Before becoming assistant principal at Cos Cob, Reid held the same role at North Street School. Before that, he was a district-wide instructional coach and before that, a classroom teacher at North Mianus School.
Cos Cob Principal Gene Schmidt said Reid made a “seamless transition.”
“His knowledge of our school and staff was crucial in addressing the flood and subsequent relocation of Cos Cob School this fall,” he said. “Mike jumped right in and became the in-school administrator at Old Greenwich School and traveled to Parkway School to ensure that our student, staff and parent needs were met.
“Throughout the year he has updated and streamlined our RTI and SAT procedures, working with staff to support them and their students,” Schmidt said. “Mike ’s contributions as assistant principal have played an important role in maintaining a positive, inviting school community.”
North Mianus principal Angela Schmidt said Reid was a beloved member of the school community.
“He is innovative and dedicated to the needs of all students,” she said. “We look forward to the training and expertise he will bring to his teaching role and are so pleased to have him return ‘home.’”
Reid has been an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools since 2006, starting as an elementary teacher. He served as a GPS instructional coach from 2015 to 2017, before his appointment as assistant principal for North Street School in 2017 and for Cos Cob School in 2018.
Reid received a bachelor of arts in economics from Connecticut College in New London in 2002; a master of arts in teaching in elementary education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 2006; and a sixth-year certification in differentiated learning from University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., in 2009.