EASTCONN Selects New Principal to Lead Quinebaug Middle College


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EASTCONN Selects New Principal To Lead Quinebaug Middle College

Danielson, Conn. – EASTCONN is pleased to announce the appointment of David Brown to the position of principal at its Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) public magnet high school. 

“We’re delighted that David has joined our QMC team,” said Diane Dugas, EASTCONN’s Director of Leading and Learning. “His energy and his professional background in science, project management and educational leadership, as well as his experience with magnet schools and personalized, competency-based learning, make him a wonderful choice to lead QMC.”

Brown’s appointment takes effect on July 1. He will replace QMC Interim Principal Sheldon Neal.  

“At my core, I value inclusion, equity and acceptance,” Brown said. “My focus this year is to build strong relationships, foster collaboration and strengthen academic programs. I look forward to the challenges of tomorrow and, with that, I am excited for the future of QMC. Together we will continue to move forward and find new ways to achieve academic greatness and create lasting high school memories.”

Brown has worked for New London Public Schools since 2015, holding a variety of positions, including Diversion Leader-in-Residence; SRBI Instructional Coach; 21st-Century After-School Site Co-Coordinator; Board of Education Policy Committee Chair; and Freshman Academy Coordinator. He was a UConn Joule teaching fellow while a science teacher in New London’s Science and Technology Magnet High School. 

Prior to 2015, Brown worked as a science teacher and curriculum fellow at Achievement First, Amistad Academy in New Haven. He was for several years a coastal restoration ecologist at the Nature Conservancy, as well as a visiting scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, Brown was a graduate fellow and geospatial analyst for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He previously worked as a marine aquarist at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. 

Brown’s research into shoreline and aquatic restoration and preservation can be found in federal publications. Funded by competitive grants from education foundations, and state and federal agencies, he has conducted research into coastal erosion control, artificial reefs and the protection of shoreline habitats.  

Brown holds a certificate in Educational Leadership (092) from Sacred Heart University; a master’s in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven; a bachelor’s in Earth Science from Eastern Connecticut State University; and is certified to teach both biology and general science. He also holds a graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS Mapping) from the University of New Haven’s Graduate School of Environmental Sciences. 

    Located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), EASTCONN’s QMC opened its doors in 2008 to capable, independent learners, who can enroll in free, for-credit college classes at QVCC while attending QMC. About 160 students in grades 9-12 are currently enrolled in QMC’s STEM-infused, Humanities-rich program of studies. Motivated QMC students can graduate with both a QMC high school degree and an associate’s degree from QVCC. 

    To learn more about QMC, visit www.eastconn.org/qmc or contact David Brown at dbrown@eastconn.org



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