Through The Suffield Observer, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Suffield community. My name is Mark Winzler, and I began service as the Interim Superintendent of the Suffield Schools on Thursday, August 23.
I am a retired Connecticut Superintendent of Schools who, since retirement, has served ten times as Interim Superintendent in Connecticut school districts. I served in Granby, Berlin, Watertown, Rocky Hill, East Hampton, Columbia, Plymouth, Hebron, East Hampton (a second time), and Torrington prior to coming to Suffield. Since retirement, I also served two other districts (Windsor and Manchester) as the Interim Director of Human Resources.
I began my teaching career at Enfield High School where I taught primarily German and advised many student activities. After 11 years of teaching, I became the Assistant Principal of the Brown Middle School in Madison and then Assistant Principal of E.O. Smith High School in Storrs (right next to the UConn campus).
After serving as an Assistant Principal, I was named the Principal of E.O. Smith for 11 years before moving into central office administration. First I was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel in Branford and then the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in Windsor.
The final leg on my educational journey was serving as the Superintendent of Schools in Bolton, a position from which I retired in 2009.
As a retiree, I am limited to the amount of time I am able to work, hence am in Suffield approximately three days each week. As noted, I bring with me over 30 years of administrative experience on both the building (assistant principal and principal) and district (assistant superintendent and superintendent) levels, which I hope will benefit the district during my tenure in Suffield.