MIDDLEFIELD — Residents elected a former teacher and parent of school-age children to the vacant Regional School District 13 board of education position during a special town meeting Monday.
Maura Caramanello, 45, of Middlefield, was elected by more than 50 residents who attended the special meeting, according to board of selectmen and board of education member Bob Yamartino. He said she ran unopposed and was voted in unanimously by acclamation vote.
Caramanello said she went for the opening because she feels “strongly about the district and the direction of where the district is going,” and felt she could be a benefit to the board with the perspectives of both a parent and a former teacher in the district.
The Danbury native taught first grade for nine years before taking maternity leave and later resigning in 2018 to focus on raising her four kids. She has two middle-school age kids, one more in high school and a baby. She said she plans to return to teaching in the future.
Caramanello has bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a Master of Science in reading. She has also taught first grade in New Haven and Glastonbury, totaling over 14 years in education.
While teaching in the district, Caramanello also served on the math curriculum committee, writing curriculum committee and piloted a readers workshop, according to Yamartino.
Yamartino said her insight from multiple perspectives will be vital as the board is currently taking on “tough decisions.” She can look at issues from the angle of a parent, teacher, and fiscally conservative taxpayer, he said.
“I believe (Caramanello) is uniquely qualified to consider, weigh and vote on the issues facing the board,” Yamartino said when nominating her for the position Monday. “She can balance the needs of the stakeholders because she has a vested interest and keen insight into each.”
She is filling a vacated term that runs until June 30, 2020. It became open when longtime board member Nancy Boyle stepped down in November.
Boyle said she decided to step down because she no longer has children in the district and would like to see a parent with students currently enrolled have a chance to represent the parents’ perspective on the board.
Caramanello said she’s grateful for Boyle’s years of dedication and service to the district, and said “I just truly hope I can follow in her footsteps.”
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