Principal's Page

Principal's Page

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Dear Families,

Welcome to the school year, and welcome (or welcome back) to Wintonbury!

Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School is a true gem, a place where children can grow and develop as respected, engaged, and contributing citizens. It is a place of care and safety, of intellectual pursuit and curiosity for all learners. We are an inclusive school focused on relationships, developmentally appropriate best practices and play based, inquiry driven learning. Wintonbury is truly the most special place I have worked during my career in early childhood.

I have been working in early childhood for 12 years and have experienced public schools, private schools and charter school settings in Washington DC, Virginia and Connecticut. I have taught in special education and regular education classrooms with toddlers through first grade. The past 4 of these years have been spent right here at Wintonbury. I joined Wintonbury as the Instructional Coach in 2016. I have a Masters in Early Childhood Education focusing on curriculum and instruction and a sixth year in Educational Leadership. I am a licensed teacher and school administrator. 

I look forward to partnering with you on your child's educational journey and to the continued collaboration with Wintonbury's incredibly talented and highly dedicated staff. I am deeply honored to continue to be a part of this fabulous community, a community who values children and each other. 

With gratitude, 

Samantha Straker
Principal, Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School
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