Welcome Back to School 


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year.  This will be a year unlike any other. A lot has changed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the way we feel about our students has not!  As you know, Region 7 is a warm, welcoming and high achieving school district.  We are reopening our schools with the health and safety of our staff, students, families and communities as our top priority.  We are committed to following all of the CDC guidelines for reopening schools that are included in our Reopening Plan which can be found here: 

Please familiarize yourself with the COVID page on our website.  It contains a great deal of information that may be helpful to you.

This school year is an important one. We have a lot of work to do in the areas of social-emotional learning, social justice and in teaching important content across all of our academic areas.  We look forward to meeting our new students and setting them up for success.  Our dedicated and talented teachers and support staff are ready to face the challenges of teaching in a synchronous learning environment.  We also acknowledge that technology in school and at home may present problems that will take some time to overcome.  That is ok.  We are learning together and supporting one another as we move forward in this new way of teaching and learning.

We have a large student body.  We are opening school under the hybrid instructional model because we can best meet the social distancing guidelines when half of our student body is in the building at one time.  Our students are divided into two cohorts.  Cohort A will attend in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays while Cohort B learns synchronously from home.  The opposite is true when Cohort B attends in-person learning on Thursdays and Fridays.  All students will be learning from home on Wednesdays. 

Our administrative team has held a series of virtual meetings on a variety of topics that can be viewed on our YouTube Channel:

Please log on to learn more about the hybrid instructional model, our new block schedule, facilities improvements and operational plans.

Please join me in welcoming our new staff members to the Northwestern family:


Mr. Gary Franklin – High School Principal

Replacing Ken Chichester who retired

Gary was our House II Assistant Principal for the past four years.  Over that time, he built strong and productive relationships with staff, students and families.  He went through a rigorous interview process and was the overwhelming choice to lead Northwestern High School.  He has done a tremendous job stepping into this role during a very difficult time.

Sixth Year – Educational Leadership – Central Connecticut State University

MA – Educational Leadership – Central Connecticut University

B.A. History- Central Connecticut State University

DR. STEVEN CARVALHO Supervisor of Special Education

 New Administrative Position

Replacing Mary Chichester who retired

 Doctorate of Education – American International College – August 2020

 Sixth Year Professional Diploma - Educational Administration – University of Connecticut – May 2011

 Sixth Year Professional Diploma -  School Psychology – Southern Connecticut State University - May 2011

 Master of Science – School Psychology – Southern Connecticut State University – January 1999

 Bachelor of Arts – Psychology – Central Connecticut State University – May 1996

 Administrative Experience:

 Director of Pupil & Special Education Services – Windsor Public Schools – September 2013 – June 2020

 Elementary Supervisor of Special Education (Pre K – 5) – October 12 – August 2013

 Middletown Public Schools – Administrative Designee and Supervisor, School Psychologist – September 2000 – October 2012


DANIEL CARROLL – Assistant Principal, High School

 Replacing Gary Franklin who is now Northwestern High School Principal

 Bachelor of Arts American Studies – Skidmore College – 1997 - 2001

 Masters in Secondary Education – History & Social Studies – University of Bridgeport     2001-2002

Teacher/Guidance Counselor – Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury – 2002 – 2006

 Interim Principal – St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol – 2006 – 2007

Assistant Principal, Sacred Heart High School – 2007 – 2009

Director or Athletics and Social Studies Teacher – Region One Public Schools - 2009-2013

Assistant Principal – Somers High School – 2013 – 2018

 Principal – Watertown Public Schools – 2018 – 2019

Magnet School Administrator – Goodwin University of Magnet Schools – 2019 – 2020


BRENDAN FRITCH – Social Studies Teacher – High School

 Replacing Peter Eagan who retired

 BA – Western New England University (History/Education)

 Response to Intervention (RTI) Direct Service Provider – November 2012 – June 2020


NITHYA SOUNDARARAJAN – Mathematics Teacher – High School

 Replacing Mark Prelli who resigned

Master of Computer Applications (M.D.A.) - Amrita Institute of Technology & Science, India

Post BA - Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) – Secondary Education in Mathematics

Bachelor of Sanskirt and Applied Sciences - Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Maha Vidyalaya, India

Graduate Assistant – CCSU 


JOSEF BARRY –  Mathematics Teacher – High School

 NEW POSITION:  Math Interventionist

BSED – Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) – Mathematics

Student Teacher – Watertown High School – Algebra – September 2019 – December 2019


 LORI FOOTE Director of School Counseling – High School & Middle School

Replacing Johanna DeZurik who retired

Certificate of Advanced Study, School Administration – American International College – December 2009

Masters of Education in Psychology – Springfield College – May 2004

Bachelor of Science Human Development & Family Relations – University of Connecticut – August 1995

School Counseling Department Supervisor – Conard High School/Hall High School – August 2018 – June 2020

School Counseling Director – Windsor Public Schools – July 2011 – August 2018


CHARLOTTE D’ALEO – Music Educator/Band Director

 Replacing Steve Zimmerman who resigned

 Bachelor of Music Education – Michigan State University – August 2010 – May 2014

  Masters in Music Education – University of Hartford – September 2019

  Middle School Music Teacher – Simsbury Public Schools – August 2015 – July 2020


GALEN KNOX – Reading/ELA Teacher – Middle School

Replacing Kim Perschmann who is now teaching in the High School

Bachelor of Arts English Literature - Southern Connecticut State University – 2010

English Secondary Education Certification – 2019

Permanent Substitute – Shepaug Valley School – 8/2019 – 6/30/2020


It has truly been a pleasure getting to know these fine educators.  I believe that our students and families will easily connect with all of them. 

Please reach out to Andy Bakulski, High School Assistant Principal with any COVID related questions.  He can be reached at or by calling 860-379-8525 ext. 2200.

Our school nurses are another terrific resource for you.  They can be reached at 860-379-8525, Patty Severson at x 2618 and Dorothy Mitchell at x 2619.

Our administrative team is also available to you at any time:

Judy Palmer:

Gary Franklin:

Andy Bakulski:

Dan Carroll:

We deeply appreciate your support and partnership as we reopen our schools.


Judy Palmer