Christopher Melillo
Superintendent of
Newtown Public Schools

Office Hours
Wednesdays 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM  
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About Our Superintendent

A lifetime Connecticut resident, Chris began his post-secondary education at the University of Connecticut, completing a BS in Education and continued his education at Southern Connecticut State University where he obtained an MS degree in Reading and a Sixth-Year degree from Southern Connecticut State University.  During his eleven-year career as a teacher, Chris has earned two Celebration of Excellence awards which recognizes outstanding teachers for creativity in the classroom.  He was nominated for Hamden’s Teacher of the Year on two occasions.  In 2003 Chris earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of all educators in Connecticut. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools.

Chris served as Assistant Principal at Thomas Edison Middle School, a science, mathematics and technology magnet school in Meriden, Connecticut, where he quickly developed a reputation as being action oriented and approachable to students, parents and staff.  

In 2007 he was appointed principal at Shepherd Glen School in Hamden, Connecticut.  During his tenure at Shepherd Glen, he provided leadership which resulted in four solid years of improvement and a substantial closing of the achievement gap.  Shepherd Glen School was recognized by ConnCAN as a Top Ten School for performance gains in 2010.

In 2010 he became the Director of Elementary Education and then Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Hamden Public Schools.  During his tenure as Assistant Superintendent, Chris is credited with improving student outcomes of students, creating intervention supports for struggling students, developing social emotional learning supports for all of the schools, increasing access to quality pre-school programs and building career pathway/STEM programs at both the Hamden Middle and Hamden High School.  In 2014 Chris earned the Connecticut PTA Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2015 he was the Hamden/North Haven Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. 

He served admirably as the Interim Superintendent of Schools halfway through the 2013-2014 school year.  He is credited with providing the district with a stable transition while the Board of Education searched for a new Superintendent of Schools. 

Chris resides in Milford, Connecticut with wife Diane and his two teenage sons, Christopher and Thomas.
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3 Primrose St., Newtown, CT 06470
Phone: 203-426-7600