Ridgefield Public Schools has announced that Erik Gundel, Ed.D. has been appointed as the new Grade 6-12 Math and Science Supervisor!
Dr. Gundel comes to Ridgefield from the Greenwich Public Schools, where he has worked since 2010, first as a Mathematics Teacher at Greenwich High School, then as Course Leader. He has also taught Computer Science and been an emerging leader at the school for the past eleven years.
Dr. Gundel has a student-first approach. “As an emerging educational leader, I have come to believe those most effective in the field put their students first, always,” he writes. “Personally, I have been inspired by Daniel Goleman’s emotional intelligence framework that fosters the development of meaningful relationships with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders.”
The recommendations from his supervisors and colleagues are glowing. “He is a superior natural leader,” writes Dr. Jodi S. Piro, Ed.D. “I have worked with many doctoral students and as a building principal and teacher. Yet, I have rarely encountered anyone as intelligent, collaborative, and competent.” Andrew Byrne, who supervised Gundel at Greenwich High School, called him a “dynamic and caring leader who encourages students to develop a love of learning.”
RPS Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Susie Da Silva said, “Erik’s proven experience in curriculum development will complement the recent curriculum administration changes. His passion for students mirrors the District’s. His knowledge of technology, Connecticut mathematics and science standards, and outstanding recommendations made him a stand-out in the search to fill this position.”
Dr. Gundel holds a doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Western Connecticut State University, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Instruction with a Music Minor.
He will begin on April 26, 2020.