Zakiyyah Baker Joins as Kendall Principal

Zakiyyah Baker Joins NPS as Principal of Kendall Elementary
Posted on 07/12/2016
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Ms. Zakiyyah Baker has been selected as principal of Kendall Elementary School. Ms. Baker will succeed Anthony Ditrio, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year. 
Zakiyyah Baker ha sido nombrado director de la Escuela Primaria Kendall.

Ms. Baker joins Norwalk from New Haven Public Schools, where she has worked since 2002 in positions of increasing responsibility. Her accomplishments in New Haven resulted in her selection as New Haven’s Public School Teacher of the Year in 2010. She was awarded the NAACP Freedom Fund Educator award in 2011.
In 2013, Ms. Baker completed New Haven’s Residency Program for School Leadership, an innovative program designed to develop the next generation of school leaders. Her rotation in the program, which culminated in her certification as an intermediate administrator (092), included experience as an administrative intern at the Clinton Avenue School, as well as positions as resident principal of both Brennan-Rogers School of Communications and Media, and Elm City College Preparatory Middle School.  

Most recently, Ms. Baker has been serving as principal of James Hillhouse High School, where she has facilitated the development of action plans to raise the graduation rate by 6% from the previous year. From 2006 to 2012, she served as a social studies teacher at Cooperative Arts & Humanities high school, where she taught college prep and honors classes. During this period, she also served as a member of the state appointed Board of Directors for New Haven’s Highville Charter School, a public preK-8 charter school. She began her New Haven career as a theater instructor at Cooperative Arts & Humanities, where 100% of the students performed in one or more productions. 
Ms. Baker earned a master of science in education from the University of New Haven. She holds a bachelor of science in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Ms. Baker met Board of Education members on July 5 during an executive session. She will be on site at the school beginning Thursday, July 14, to get ready for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. She will be formally appointed at the BOE’s next scheduled meeting (August 16). 

Please join us in welcoming her to Norwalk Public Schools!