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Gail Kingston named principal of combined Shelton-Monroe Catholic schools

March 9, 2017 GMT

SHELTON-The former principal of the now-shuttered St. Gabriel School in Milford will be the first principal of the new yet-to-be named Catholic elementary school.

Gail Kingston, who spent 15 years at St. Gabriel’s before it was shuttered last June, was chosen what will be the combined St. Lawrence, St. Joseph and St. Jude schools, according to a letter sent to parents by Steven F. Cheeseman, the Diocese of Bridgeport’s superintendent of schools.

During a Feb. 3 meeting at St. Joseph’s High School, Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano told parents of students that declining enrollment and escalating costs forced the Diocese to combine the three area elementary schools—St. Lawrence, 503 Shelton Avenue, St. Joseph, 430 Coram Avenue, Shelton and St. Jude, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe into one for the 2017-18 school year. That school which is now St. Lawrence will be renamed.

Since then parents have enrolled nearly 250 children for the new school year. The three schools have a combined 377 student enrollment this year.

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“We are fortunate to have Dr. Kingston in a leadership position as we move forward to unify the three school communities into a vibrant new Catholic school,” Cheeseman said..

“She brings more than 26 years of experience in school administration including 16 years as a principal to this new post,” the superintendent continued. “Her work as an educator has been distinguished by development of innovative and inclusive curriculum and differentiated instruction.”

While at St. Gabriel, Kingston expanded the curriculum to fit special needs’ students, obtained wireless internet throughout the school which enabled students to use smart boards, I-Pads and online learning.

She received a Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Education from Connecticut College, a certificate in administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Among Kingston’s numerous awards and achievements are service as chairperson of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Visiting team. She was the recipient of the State of Connecticut General Assembly Citation in 2011 and was awarded the Connecticut Center for Child Development Autism Advocacy Award.

Previously she was principal of the Little White Schoolhouse in Mystic, CT, which serves students with cerebral palsy and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal School in North Stonington, CT.

Kingston was born in Nyack, N.Y., raised in Pennslyvania and moved to Connecticut in 1984 when because her husband, Dewey was assigned to the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in New London. The couple have four grown children.