The Amity Regional School District No. 5 Board of Education has appointed Dr. Jason Tracy as the Principal of Amity Middle School Bethany (AMSB). Dr. Tracy is currently serving as an Amity Regional High School Associate Principal and has been a proud member of the Amity Regional School District community since 2008.
Dr. Tracy was selected from a pool of more than forty well-qualified candidates through a process represented by a broad range of constituents from all three district schools, which included faculty, staff, and parents. Each component of the interview process sought to identify each candidate’s ability to advance the District goals; maintain excellence in academics, arts, and athletics; and respond to the unique social and emotional needs of middle school students. Consideration of feedback from the AMSB community was also used as a guide through the entire process. “Throughout the process Jason demonstrated the leadership capacity, understanding of the middle school student, experience, and communication skills to more than effectively meet the academic, social, and cultural needs of students at Amity Middle School Bethany,” stated Dr. Jennifer Byars, Superintendent of Amity Regional School District No. 5. “Jason’s ability to be clear yet compassionate in decision-making shined through. His background as a school counselor distinguished him from other candidates. He is already a valuable and experienced member of our leadership team, and his knowledge of the Amity community and understanding of the continuum of education from grades 7 through 12 will be a tremendous asset in his new role as principal.”
Dr. Tracy started at Amity in 2008 as the Assistant Principal at Amity Middle School Bethany. He became the Director of Counseling Services at Amity Regional High School (ARHS) in 2010 and Associate Principal at ARHS in 2011. He has previously worked as an upper elementary Assistant Principal in Stratford, CT and a middle school Counselor in Seymour, CT and Plainfield, CT. He is a graduate of Union College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Dr. Tracy has also earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.
In his application Dr. Tracy stated, “I began my career in the Amity Regional School District, serving as the assistant principal at AMSB. During my two years in Bethany, I formed many positive relationships with parents, students, and staff. In the years that followed, I was able to gain a greater perspective on educational leadership and the Amity Regional School District as a whole. I have waited many years for the opportunity to ‘come home’ to AMSB.”
Dr. Tracy will assume full leadership as Amity Middle School Bethany Principal beginning February 1, 2020.