We would like to congratulate our new principal, Mr. Kevin Durkin.
Greetings Henry Abbott Tech Families, Staff, and Community,
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the newly appointed Principal of Henry Abbott Technical High School. I am proud to serve our school in this new capacity.
A little about my background…
This is my twentieth year as an educator! I began my career teaching middle and high school for the Stamford Public School in Stamford, CT before moving to Atlanta, GA were I continued teaching and then transitioned into school leadership. Moving back to Connecticut in 2010, I continued in my role as a school leader with the Stamford Public Schools, before being hired at Henry Abbott Tech as Assistant Principal for the 2014/15 school year. I have served on numerous building and district committees and have even been recognized a few times for my work. I am most proud of the Champion of Children Award that I received from the Center for Children’s Advocacy back in 2013. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State University in Social Science and Secondary Education, followed by graduate degrees and certificates from Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut.
On a personal note…
I was born and raised here in Danbury and currently live in Brookfield. Abbott Tech has been a part of my life for some time, my brother graduated as a plumber in 1987, and my grandfather graduated from carpentry when the school was still located on Main Street. My wife, a former Spanish teacher, is a local small business owner, and we have two girls ages 10 and 7.
My beliefs as an educator…
I believe that a safe school environment and a positive school climate drive the success of all members of the school community.
I believe that as educators we must teach students, not subjects. We need to adapt, and be adept at making students’ learning experiences both meaningful and engaging.
I believe that as a school leader, professional capital is the most impactful investment I can make in my school’s community.
I believe that providing capacity building opportunities for teachers and students develops their leadership skills and positively impacts our school community.