Sandra Faioes

Sandra Faioes PhotoSandra Faioes
Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations 

Sandra Faioes has been appointed assistant superintendent of business and operations. Faioes will oversee the district’s processes in facilities, food services, health and safety and transportation, ensuring alignment and coordination of these services to the mission and strategic priorities of Norwalk Public Schools. Faioes will manage the implementation of the district’s comprehensive facilities plan, including new construction and renovations, critical building maintenance, and
space modifications to ensure that students are learning in an environment that supports education, activities, safety and security. This position reports directly to NPS Superintendent Dr. Alexandra Estrella.

Faioes joined Norwalk Public Schools in 2013, where she has served as director of school improvement for the past two years. In this position, Faioes led the health and safety subcommittee for the district’s Covid-19 reopening plan, collaborating with building and community leaders in developing protocols for returning students to in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year. Her accomplishments have included writing, securing and managing nearly $30 million in grants, including entitlement grants, CARES Act grants, and several competitive grants. Additionally, Faioes has worked with school leaders to establish School Improvement Plans aligned to district priorities, facilitated training with School Governance Councils, and worked with the City to engage stakeholders in the planning of the new Jefferson Elementary School. 

Prior to her most recent role, Faioes served as the principal of Brookside Elementary School for four years. During her time at Brookside, she successfully helped to move the school from a category three to a category two school, according to the State’s Accountability Index. She also partnered with FoodCorps and established a social emotional initiative for the school focused on nutrition and physical wellness. Faioes also partnered with the Maritime Aquarium to provide students with hands-on learning in science. With a strong commitment to equity, Faioes prioritized her relationship with parents, helping to engage and support a diverse School Governance Council. 

Prior to joining Brookside, Faioes was a curriculum and instruction site director, and instructional coach and reading specialist at Norwalk Pathways Academy. Responsibilities included monitoring curriculum implementation and pacing, developing and leading a formal coaching cycle for new and developing teachers, and building capacity around the effective use of data to drive results. She was also director of the school’s summer credit recovery program. 

Before joining Norwalk Public Schools, Faioes worked for Boston Public Schools. While in Boston she served as the interim humanities program director, and literacy coach for the district’s Secondary English Language Arts department. She was also a member of the common core standards workgroup design team and subject work team leader. From 2007 to 2010, she served as humanities department head and grade 1 team leader for The Engineering School in Boston. 

She began her career in education as a teacher in Boston Public Schools.  Faioes also worked as the lead teacher and testing coordinator for High Tech High Media Arts in San Diego. 

Faioes anticipates completion of her Doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education in May 2023, where she completed her academic courses this spring. She holds Connecticut certifications for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (092) and Superintendents of Schools Certification (093). Faioes earned a certificate of advanced graduate studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College, Boston. She holds a Master of Arts in education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English and Black Studies, both from Boston College. 

Faioes is the youngest daughter of a Portuguese father and West African mother. She immigrated to the United States during second grade and attended Boston Public Schools. Faioes is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole.