I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bethany Gilman as the new Assistant Principal of Joseph A. Foran High School. As you will recall, Mr. Brian Scott (Asst. Principal at Foran) recently announced he would be leaving the Milford Public Schools in order to begin his new post as Principal of Torrington Middle School, (Torrington).
As a long-standing and highly respected member of the Foran High faculty, Mrs. Gilman has established a deep, long-lasting bond with students and staff, alike. We believe the school community will be very pleased with the addition of Mrs. Gilman to the administrative team at Foran. Beth will begin her new role at Foran on Monday, July 20th. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Gilman on her new role with the Milford Public Schools. We look forward to our continued work with you, Beth!
Dr. Anna Cutaia
Bethany Gilman, Assistant Principal, Joseph A. Foran High School
Bethany Gilman has successfully pursued a vibrant educational journey over the past two decades. She initially received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University (NJ) with a major in political science and minor concentration in sociology in 1992. She later received a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany in 1995.
Upon graduating from SUNY, Beth’s professional journey brought her to the field of education where she eventually earned a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching from Quinnipiac University (CT) in 1998.
After receiving her teaching certificate, Beth began her career as professional educator at Wooster Middle School in Stratford, as a middle school teacher in 1999. She ultimately spent eight years in the Stratford Public School district.
Honing her teaching skills in the area of social studies, Beth transitioned to the Trumbull Public Schools in 2007, where she served as a member of the Trumbull High School social studies department. During her time there, she taught U.S. history, sociology, economics, and political science at the high school level where she challenged her students with rigorous tasks requiring the examination of historical information, data, and analysis of research. A highlight of Beth’s time at Trumbull High School was her opportunity to create new courses in the department, including a new Early College Experience (ECE) course in ‘Great Issues.’ The course content was connected to, and required participation in, the Model United Nations team at the school, (an experience that would factor later in her career).
In 2013, Beth joined the Milford Public Schools team, as a member of the social studies department at Foran High. For the past seven years here in Milford, Beth has taught the full complement of social studies courses available to students at all educational levels. Most notable is her work with students in AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, Model United Nations, Crime and Punishment, and Economics.
Beth has consistently demonstrated her support and enthusiasm for her students, especially in her willingness to lead many after-school clubs for students. She has served as the faculty advisor for the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Model U.N. advisor, and the Youth & Government advisor. Her focus on forging relationships with students and staff has been laudable and enthusiastic.
In 2017, Beth was named a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitator, a role that served as an entrée of her work in peer-training – and one in which she would serve for the past three years. She later was invited to embark upon a new concept in the MPS system, High Quality Instruction (HQI), and used this experience to further deepen her work in curriculum, instruction, and helping to develop instructional acumen in her colleagues.
In 2019, Beth was named the Milford Public Schools Districtwide Teacher of the Year, representing our district in Hartford. She also served as Co-chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) 2-year progress report for Foran, spanning the 2019-2020 school year.
As someone who has always placed great emphasis on continued learning, Beth earned an Advanced Certificate in Administration from Sacred Heart University in 2020, enabling her to pursue administrative educational positions. It was determined she would be a perfect fit to the available position at Foran this spring.
Mrs. Gilman joins Principal Max Berkowitz and Asst. Principal Dr. Christianne Golesky as a member of the 2020-21 administrative team at Foran High School.