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Principals' Bios

Mrs. Bankowski:

The North Haven Public School System has been my home since I graduated from college in 2001.  I have had the opportunity to work and grow in many capacities here, beginning with the time I spent teaching kindergarten at Ridge Road.  In this role, I was able to help students develop a love of learning and build their confidence as they became not only independent students but also independent individuals.  Over my years at Ridge Road I was fortunate to run the Early Intervention Program (SRBI) and work on many curricula and program development committees. All of these opportunities highlighted my passion for helping staff continue to grow as much as students and I became certified as a teacher leader in elementary mathematics.  As a math coach at Ridge Road and Clintonville and eventually the K-5 Math Coordinator I was able to work with staff, students, families and the Board of Education to improve math curriculum throughout the district.  


In 2015 I became the principal of Green Acres and my experiences with both worlds came together. Allowing me to work with students, staff and families to build a strong community focused on student learning.  In each opportunity I continue to learn more about the importance of education and community in which North Haven and I believe I have helped to integrate in all areas.


When I am not at work, my husband and I are busy with our 3 children.  I come from a large family that gathers for Sunday dinners and has taught me the importance of family and sharing your fortunes with others.  I have been honored to be part of the North Haven family and look forward to continuing to grow and support the students, families and staff here at the North Haven Middle School.


Mrs. D’Angelo:

I grew up in the town of North Haven, North Haven Public Schools was where my education began.   Montowese Elementary school was my first experience in the public school system. I believe the foundation of a love of learning is fostered in early elementary years.  After Montowese, I went on to North Haven Middle School and graduated from North Haven High School. I went to Sacred Heart University for my undergraduate degree, went to the University of New Haven for my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and earned my 6th year diploma in Educational Leadership with my 092 certification from Southern Connecticut State University.  I began my teaching career in Kindergarten at Fair Haven K-8 School in New Haven. I taught there for 8 years, in grades K and 1 in the largest bilingual neighborhood school in the district. After my 092 certification was completed, I was selected to come out of the classroom and serve as an administrative intern at Fair Haven K-8 School, as the administrator overseeing Special Education, Building Data Team, and Instructional Manager for grades 3-6.  That experience allowed me to learn about leadership in a diverse setting, grow my capacity to lead from the heart and build the skills needed to become a strong leader.


I have been an Assistant Principal at North Haven Middle School since 2017, and I feel like I have been welcomed back home.  I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that has provided me with my start in education. I am a wife, a mom of 2 young daughters, and my family is most important to me.  My life experiences have allowed me to have a range of perspectives of a teacher, parent, friend and student. I am honored to serve the North Haven Public school system in a community I cherish.  I am hopeful that our students will learn the skills to be successful adults in an ever changing society.

 

Mr. Giamattei:

The 2020/2021 school year marks my twenty-first year working at the North Haven Middle School. I was hired in the Summer of 2000 as a school counselor, just weeks after graduating from the University of Rochester. I attended The University of Rochester from 1995-2000 earning both my B.A. in History and my M.S. in School Counseling. I am originally from West Haven, where I was first impacted by dedicated and talented educators and began my journey into a career in education. I’ve been fortunate to have mentors and role models which helped mold me into the man I am today.  The influence of these individuals led me to pursuing a career in education and ultimately becoming a school counselor.

 

I am excited to enter this new chapter of my career and work with an amazing administrative team. I believe my understanding of students, along with strong relationships will help to lead NHMS into the future. I take great pride in being a middle school educator. I believe inspiring our youth to achieve their potential and challenging them to dream big are essential to their success. We must teach our students to respect themselves, listen to others and contribute to their community.  

 

When I am not at N.H.M.S. I am home with my wife and two sons.  Our family enjoys outdoor activities like fishing and hiking.  We are also huge Yale University Ice Hockey and Lacrosse fans. North Haven Middle School and Community have become my second home. I am fortunate to have worked as both an educator  and coach  during my  time and have built strong community connections and a love for the town of North Haven.