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35 Fifth Street
Derby, Connecticut 06418
(203) 736-5027 fax (203) 736-5031

Dr. Matthew Conway, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools


July 25, 2018
For more information contact:
Dr. Matthew J. Conway, Jr.

Derby Board Fills Position of Irving School Principal

At its June 21, 2018 Board of Education meeting, The Derby Board of Education, on the
recommendation of the Selection Committee and the Superintendent, appointed Aimee Misset to
the position of Irving School Principal.

Mrs. Misset comes to Irving School from her position as Supervising Vice-Principal at Driggs
Elementary School in Waterbury. She began her career in 2005 in Waterbury. Prior to entering
administration, she served as a classroom teacher, Title 1 Reading Teacher and a Literacy
Facilitator. Her strong background in literacy, instruction and data driven decision making have
allowed her to effectively evaluate staff and make decisions to positively impact student
achievement. Her training in school climate and restorative practices helped her build rapport
necessary to provide a safe, trusting environment where all stakeholders can flourish. Mrs.
Misset is also a strong proponent of parent and community engagement and collaboration. She
plans to continue holding many community events and finding new and innovative ways to
provide opportunities to enrich the lives of our students and families.

Mrs. Misset believes that strong relationships are the cornerstone of a successful school and,
when staff and students feel recognized and respected, they are more willing to take the risks that
lead to true learning. Principal Misset stated, “On my first visit to Irving, I could feel the positive
energy. The building buzzed with student-focused energy and excitement and I left with a huge
smile on my face. My core values align so well with the work Irving is already doing. I am
proud to be a part of the Derby family and am very passionate about helping Irving continue to

Superintendent Conway stated, “Aimee joins our Derby Family with all the knowledge, skills,
and drive to continue the great work at Irving. She has already hit the ground running, working
with teachers, staff, parents, our state level partners and community partners to ensure a fantastic
start of the school year.”

Chairman Gildea stated, “Aimee comes to us highly recommended from all of the relevant
stakeholders in her last community. Whether it was parents, staff, students or community
members, one message that came across loud and clear was that Aimee was able to easily connect
with all groups and has made an indelible mark on the school system. Irving School is a special
school and we are lucky to have Aimee at the helm.”
Two school events have already been planned to give families an opportunity to meet Mrs. Misset
and kick off the school year as a community.

A Meet and Greet the Principal Read Aloud has been planned in conjunction with Derby Public
Library for Tuesday, August 21st from 6-7 PM in the Main Meeting room of the library. Families
and community members will have the opportunity to meet Principal Misset. She will introduce
herself and will share some books that have special meaning to her. Light refreshments will be
served and children will be able to enter a raffle for some new books.

The Irving Back to School Bash will occur on Wednesday, September 5th from 5-7 PM in the
parking lot/playground area. All Irving families are invited. The Ice Cream Emergency truck
will be there with sweet treats and music. Games will be set up for family fun. Community
partners have also been invited to join and let families know about resources and activities that
are available to them in the area.