Parkers Farms library in Wallingford dedicated in honor of former principal who died after battle with cancer

Parkers Farms library in Wallingford dedicated in honor of former principal who died after battle with cancer

Record-Journal


WALLINGFORD — Hundreds gathered at Parker Farms School last week to witness the dedication of the library to a former principal who died after a battle with cancer.

Patricia Crowley, who served as principal from 1991 to 2009, died in August at age 66. The Board of Education approved naming the library and media center the Tricia Cadden Crowley Library in December. The dedication ceremony took place Wednesday.

Christina Sagnella, the current principal of Parker Farms, said she worked with Crowley after she retired. At the time, Sagnella was a literacy coach.

“As an aspiring future principal, I was instantly mesmerized and found myself saying to those closest to me, ‘I want to be just like Tricia Crowley,’ ” Sagnella said.

Crowley’s daughter, Maggie Crowley, made the dedication official by unveiling the new sign over a library window and the dedication plaque, both of which were donated by Steve Zion of Toyota of Wallingford.

After a musical introduction by the school’s fifth-grade chorus, friends and family offered remarks. The speakers included Zion, Board of Education Chairwoman Roxane McKay, School Superintendent Sal Menzo, former School Superintendent Joseph Cirasuolo, and Crowley’s sister, Marybeth Cadden Wyrtzen.

From their stories and memories, it was clear Crowley was an inspiration to generations of students, families and colleagues.

Menzo said he arrived in Wallingford as Crowley was retiring, “but that did not mean that she was not going to meet with me and tell me everything I needed to know about Wallingford Public Schools.”

“Patricia had a vision,” Wyrtzen said, “one that involved learning and certainly leading.”

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