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Foran High graduate returns to Milford Schools as an educator


MILFORD — A graduate of the Milford school system returns home.

James Genova, a member of Foran High’s class of 1999, has been named an assistant principal at East Shore Middle School. He started his new position on July 1. He replaces Donato Piselli who was recently appointed principal of Perry Hill School in Shelton.

“I look forward to this next part of my career – and equally happy to return to my roots at Milford,” said Genova.

Genova said he believes middle school is a critical time in students’ lives because it’s where interests, skills and self-regulation take shape to last throughout their lives.

He added that the impact educators can have on students of this age is what motivates him every day to do his best.

“I am thrilled with the appointment of Mr. Genova, as he brings a genuine passion for improving programs for the benefit of all children,” Superintendent Anna Cutaia said.

“His caring disposition coupled with his expertise in curriculum and teaching is exactly what we are looking for in our educational leaders and, in particular, for the next vice-principal of East Shore Middle School,” Cutaia added.

Genova has been a professional educator for 18 years in the Wallingford Public School District. He began his career as an English teacher at Lyman Hall High School, a position he held for 12 years.

In 2016, he took on the role of Head of Department at Lyman Hall before taking on the role of Academic Head of English, leading the development of the English Department at Lyman Hall and Sheehan High Schools in Wallingford.

While in Wallingford, Genova was a member of and led several committees within the district. He said he was deeply involved in work focused on the development of Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS), the English/Language Arts Management team and was part of the NEASC program team.

As an education manager for the past six years, Genova said he focused on improving systems within the district, which ultimately provided a better educational experience for students.

According to Genova, her work involved professional development planning and programming and evaluating district programming to ensure alignment with department, school, and district goals.

He was involved in the implementation of the credit recovery program, including the development of personalized learning for at-risk students. Genova also hosted parent nights and events, conflict resolution meetings, and helped create a nurturing environment for staff, students, and families.

Genova graduated from Quinnipiac University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2003. He continued his education at Quinnipiac, where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2004. He continued his graduate studies at Quinnipiac, including a Master of Science in Teacher Leadership in 2014 and, more recently, a Grade 6 administrative certification.

In addition to his work at Wallingford, Genova also served as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University from 2014-2020. In this capacity, he taught graduate students teacher leadership and leadership philosophy, curriculum, teaching and evaluation.

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