Lisa Torres will be the new principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Torres, the Assistant Principal at DiLoreto Elementary & Middle School for the past four years, was appointed to the top post at Lincoln by the Board of Education on June 14th.
“I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the students, families, and faculty of Lincoln Elementary School,” said Torres.
Torres’ 15 years of experience as an educator includes work as a literacy specialist and teacher of grades two to four. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2013 Meriden Leadership Academy Graduate Award, 2011 Connecticut Association of Schools: Thomas R. Flanagan Memorial Award, 2011 Exemplary Achievement Award – Honorable Mention, and the 2004 STAR Award for Distinguished School Service.
Ms. Torres holds multiple degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, including a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership, Remedial Reading and Language Arts, a Master’s Degree, a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.
Torres was selected after a three-tiered interview cycle that included parents, school staff members, central office personnel, administrators and the superintendent. “During the interview process, Torres presented herself as a leader with a rich educational background in literacy, teacher practice, family/community engagement and strong interpersonal skills,” said Superintendent Nancy Sarra. “These qualities mirror the standards of excellence that we expect and desire in all leaders within the Consolidated School District of New Britain.”
Torres will succeed current Lincoln School principal, Elaine Cabral, who will retire at the end of the school year. Torres will assume leadership of the school on July 1st.
“I will continue the good work that has been done previously,” Torres said, “and am excited to build relationships that will advance the academic gains and social-emotional learning of our school community. It is through relationship-building and collaboration with families, community partners, and our staff that will help produce the positive student outcomes for all our children. I am thrilled to begin what will be an amazing school year!”
Over the coming weeks, Torres will begin her transition to Lincoln School. This will include time spent interacting with staff, students and families. A community welcoming will be scheduled during the month of August so families, staff and community members can meet Ms. Torres prior to the start of the school year.