Central Office Cabinet

Catherine Carbone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Catherine Carbone

Dr. Catherine Carbone has served as an educator and administrator for 29 years. A former science teacher, teacher of the gifted, coach and administrator, she is committed to ensuring all students and staff are encouraged and empowered to reach their fullest potential. Dr. Carbone was appointed the Principal of Chippens Hill Middle School in 2006, serving six years in this capacity before joining the Hartford Public Schools as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent and Chief of Elementary and Middle Grade Programming.

Dr. Carbone improved the performance and climate programming in Hartford Public Schools, East Hartford Middle School and Chippens Hill Middle School. This was achieved by leveraging the strengths of her staff to implement effective strategies that foster student achievement and a sense of belonging. In 2009 and 2010, Chippens Hill Middle School community received recognition by the Connecticut Association of Schools in Exemplary Teaming Practices, Climate Practices, and Middle School of the Year.  

Dr. Carbone earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut. She received a Master of Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Sociology from Assumption College. Superintendent Carbone is committed to ensuring all students graduate with the agency, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to prepare them in college, career, and life. 

 

Michael Dietter, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Michael Dietter

Prior to being named Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dietter was a member of the Central Office team serving as the Director of Special Services.  Before joining the Central Office team in 2016, Dr. Dietter served as a Supervisor of Special Services for South Side Elementary School and Northeast Middle School. Dr. Dietter was a former Director of Education and teacher at Northwest Village School in Plainville, CT and is currently an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University.  

Dr. Dietter earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University and Master’s degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University and Lesley University, respectively. 

Dr. Dietter has been recognized locally by the Connecticut Association of Special Education PTO for his collaboration and advocacy work.  He was recently recognized by Wade’s World Foundation for his volunteer efforts working with Bristol youth.  As the Deputy Superintendent, he will design and support district initiatives, develop school leaders, and continue to serve as the Chair of the Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School Building Committee. 

 

Carly Fortin

Director of Teaching and Learning

Carly Fortin

Mrs. Carly Fortin has spent more than 35 years in the Bristol Public Schools, as a student, educator, and administrator.  Mrs. Fortin began her career with Bristol Public Schools as a sophomore at Bristol Eastern High School when she was hired to enter data for Bristol Adult Education.   While continuing to work in various positions at Adult Education, she earned her Masters' degree from the Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Program at the University of Connecticut, graduating from their Honors Program Summa Cum Laude.

Mrs. Fortin began her teaching career as an English teacher at Bristol Central High School and four years later was hired as their literacy coach.  She earned her sixth year degree and administrative certificate through the UCAPP Educational Leadership program at UCONN. In 2005, she was hired as the Teaching and Learning Supervisor for Humanities where she worked with educators at the middle and high school levels. Mrs. Fortin returned to Bristol Eastern High School in 2008 as an Assistant Principal for three years, and Principal for four years. In 2017, Mrs. Fortin was named the Director of Teaching and Learning, a position that allows her to use her love for teaching and learning each day interacting with educators across the district. 

 

Samuel Galloway, Ed.D.

Director of Human Resources

Dr. Galloway

Dr. Sam Galloway began his educational career in 1993 as a teacher at Macdonough Elementary School in Middletown, CT, while also working as a state trooper at Troop H in Hartford, CT. Dr. Galloway successfully balanced working the midnight shift, teaching during the day, and attending graduate classes in the evening. He later became the Assistant Principal at Keigwin Middle School in Middletown, CT, during his time there, Keigwin was recognized as the Connecticut Middle School of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools for the 2003-2004 school year.  In 2010, he retired from the Connecticut State Police at the rank of Sergeant; during his tenure he was awarded two lifesaving medals, and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award. In 2009, he worked for Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) in Tikrit, Iraq, in support of the U.S. Army’s mission to support the rule of law.  

As a result of his work, approximately two hundred arrest warrants for dangerous radicals were secured and terrorists were prosecuted. 

Upon his return from overseas he assumed the role of “Turnaround Principal” at Bloomfield High School. Under his leadership, the graduation rate increased from 72 percent to 92 percent in four years. As the Director of Human Resources, he oversees the on-boarding, contract implementation, and all other personnel related issues concerning over twelve hundred certified and non-certified employees. In 2018, Dr. Galloway was awarded the Outstanding School Administrator award by UCONN’s Neag School of Education.   

Dr. Galloway earned his doctorate in education and his superintendent certification from Central Connecticut State University, and his 6th Year certification from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a Master of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Southern Connecticut State University.

 

Jill Browne

Director of Finance and Operations

Jill Browne

Ms. Browne has served as the Director of Finance and Operations since November 2017. Before joining the Bristol Public Schools, Ms. Browne served as the Business Manager/Human Resources Director, and a high school administrator in the Watertown School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, Ms. Browne taught mathematics at the high school level, teaching courses from pre-algebra to AP calculus.  Ms. Browne holds a Masters of Public Administration from Post University, a Masters of Educational Leadership and Administration from Jones International University, Teacher of Secondary Mathematics Certification from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Browne is a current member of the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).

 

Kimberly Culkin

Director of Special Services

Kim Culkin

Mrs. Kimberly Culkin joins Bristol Public Schools as an experienced educational school psychologist. Mrs. Culkin has over ten years of central office leadership complemented by building administration, student services, and college teaching experience.   

Mrs. Culkin has worked in Hartford, Westport, and Newtown Public Schools as a school psychologist.  Her experience in the Hartford Public Schools was at the middle and high school level therapeutic day program for students with significant social, emotional, behavioral and learning challenges.  Her tenure in Westport and Newtown Schools allowed her to work across all grade levels.  She began her first administrative position at EdAdvance as the administrator of the A.C.C.E.S.S./Gertrude Fielding Learning Center.  She was later hired by New Fairfield Public Schools as the Supervisor of Secondary Pupil Personnel Services, and was then promoted to Director.  Most recently, she served as the Director of Special Services and Director of Human Resources within the Region 14 Schools Central Office administrative team.

Mrs. Culkin earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Lock Haven University and earned her Masters of Science and 6th Year equivalent in School Psychology at the University of Hartford.  She later attended the University of Bridgeport for her 092 Administrative certification, and Central Connecticut State University for her 093 Superintendent certification.  Mrs. Culkin is currently attending the UCONN Educational Leadership Doctoral program, and anticipates earning her Ed.D. in May 2021.

 

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