Western Middle School Principal Terry Starr-Klein, who has been the Western Middle School (WMS) principal for almost three years and led the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, is retiring at the end of the school year.
Starr-Klein will retire effective July 1 and the school district has begun a search for her successor. Her work on the IB program included unit development, parent outreach and preparation for IB authorization. She also has contributed to a number of district initiatives as a part of the team that developed the Action Plan for the District Strategic Improvement Plan for Writing, and as a member of the Homework Committee.
“Greenwich is a community focused on excellence in education. My employment with the Greenwich Public Schools has been an opportunity to learn more than I ever thought possible after 45 years as an educator," Starr-Klein said, in a statement released by the school district. "I appreciate the help and support I have received these past few years from amazing Western Middle School staff and parents, members of Cabinet, Board Members and especially other GOSA colleagues. I will miss the daily interactions with the students and staff and will take many fond memories of Western Middle School with me when I retire in June.”
Schools Superintendent William McKersie said, “Ms. Starr-Klein served
Greenwich with distinction over the last three years as principal of WMS. We will miss her on the District Leadership Council and her expertise on middle school education and students. We wish her the best in her well earned retirement."
The district expects to name a leader for Western Middle School prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year, according to school officials.
Starr-Klein has been a secondary school science teacher, an instructional specialist and building leader. Her career in education began at the Brockton
Public Schools in Brockton, MA where she was a junior high school science teacher for West Junior High School in Brockton, before becoming an instructional resource specialist and then a principal. In 2005, she began working with her staff at Gilmore Academy in pursuing their goal to become the first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) World School in Brockton. Gilmore Academy became an authorized IB-MYP World School in 2009.
Starr-Klein came to Western Middle School in July 2010 and has led the WMS staff in the ongoing implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.