July 2, 2022

Region 4 Hires William Duffy as New Principal at John Winthrop Middle School

REGION 4—¬† The Region 4 Board of Education has hired William Duffy, the current assistant principal at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, as the new principal at John Winthrop Middle School.

The board approved the appointment at a special meeting last week. Duffy, who now becomes the third principal in the 40-year history of the grades 7-8 middle school in Deep River, replaces David Russell. An industrial arts teacher when the school opened in 1971, Russell has served as principal since 1995.

Duffy has held the position at the Glastonbury middle school for the past five years. He had previously taught language arts and math at the middle school level. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Connecticut State University, along with a Master of Science degree in educational technology and a sixth year certificate in educational leadership from CCSU.

Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy said the board and the interview committee were impressed with Duffy’s knowledge and understanding of middle school philosophy, along with his “commitment to excellence and passion for educating middle school students.”

“The committee found Mr. Duffy to be child centered and collegial, and focused on continued improvement while building strong positive relationships within the school and community,” Levy said.

Duffy resides in Rocky Hill with his wife and three children. He is expected to begin working at the school in July. Duffy is the second new principal hired in Region 4 over the past two months. Jennifer Byars, a Deep River native and current town resident, was hired as the new principal at Deep River Elementary School after the retirement of 13-year Principal Jack Pietrick.