Watertown: New Principal Chosen for Watertown High

Daniel Carroll

WATERTOWN — The Watertown Board of Education announced that after a thorough selection process, Daniel Carroll has been selected as Watertown High School’s new principal. Mr. Carroll is currently the assistant principal of Somers High School in Somers and will begin his new post on or before Thursday, October 11.

The selection process began in early August after former principal Paul Jones announced his resignation. In the following weeks, 24 individuals applied for the position. Following a community survey in which teachers, staff members and parents were asked for input on the characteristics they deemed most important, Mr. Carroll, along with seven other applicants, was invited to interview with a team of teachers, staff, parents and administrators.

“Right from the start, Mr. Carroll’s deep understanding of teaching and learning, and genuine student-centered approach to leadership were evident,” said Dr. Rydell Harrison, superintendent of schools.

As one of three finalists, Mr. Carroll was invited to interview with district administrators as well as principals and assistant principals from each of the five schools. Prior to Mr. Carroll’s final interview with the Board of Education, Superintendent Harrison and Assistant Principals Nicole Cote and Thomas Hogrefe traveled to Somers High School to speak with teachers, staff, students and administrators who have worked closely with him over the last five years.

“As we talked to teachers and students, it was clear that building teacher capacity and fostering positive relationships with staff and students are two of Mr. Carroll’s strengths,” said Dr. Harrison.

“We are excited to have Mr. Carroll in our district. His commitment to student success, strong leadership skills, and clear understanding of the importance of building connections with parents and caregivers were evident throughout his interview. Those characteristics will serve him well as he becomes an integral part of our community,” said Leslie Crotty, chair of the Watertown Board of Education.

Mr. Carroll is a Waterbury native who majored in American studies at Skidmore College. After graduation, he furthered his studies at the University of Bridgeport, earning a master of science degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies education in 2002.

For seven years, Mr. Carroll worked in the Archdiocesan System of Catholic Schools as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and athletic director. He also worked as an assistant principal at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. During his tenure in Catholic education, Mr. Carroll earned a master’s of arts degree in educational administration through the Mary Ann Remick leadership program at the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Carroll transitioned to public education in 2009, becoming athletic director at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for Region One public schools in Falls Village.

Mr. Carroll lives in Thomaston with his wife, Shabana and son, Benjamin and is excited to be working closer to home.

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