Mariana Reyes New RMMS Interim Principal

Mariana Reyes New RMMS Interim Principal
Mariana Reyes

LEARN’s Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) turned to a familiar face to lead the newly minted International Baccalaureate (IB) school as interim principal.  

Mariana Reyes, of Waterford, has been promoted to RMMS interim principal for the 2019-20 school year. She has been assistant principal at the school since 2017, working with outgoing Principal Dr. Susan Iwanicki as RMMS successfully earned certification as the region’s only elementary school to offer the IB program. 

Iwanicki is leaving RMMS to become LEARN’s new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The agency’s Executive Board unanimously approved the two promotions on Tuesday, July 9. Both leaders begin their respective roles on July 15. 

LEARN Executive Director Kate Ericson is confident that Reyes will continue the legacy of success that has been created at RMMS and will be a great leader as the school enters a new era.  

“Mariana Reyes has the respect and admiration of everyone at RMMS,” Ericson said. “She is warm and nurturing with children and is a very talented educator. We will not miss a step as RMMS strengthens its reputation as a school of excellence for all students.”  

RMMS is the oldest interdistrict magnet elementary school in the country and recently achieved IB status, a process requiring significant curriculum revision and development to align RMMS with the IB Primary Years Programme. The rigorous process engaged every educator at the school in collecting data, implementing changes, and helping students determine their own identities as learners.  

As assistant principal, Reyes was instrumental in supporting the IB transition and her fluency in English and Spanish helped bridge language barriers between and among students and families within the RMMS community. She has worked intermittently for RMMS and LEARN since 2010, starting as a bilingual instructor, then as a special education teacher and coordinator. This will be her first principalship, and she looks forward to the challenge.  

“The RMMS commitment to a multicultural and socially-just education resonates with my own beliefs and goals,” Reyes said. “We have a great leadership team in place here with multiple accomplished educators. It will be my job to make sure that everyone’s strengths are utilized to the greatest extent possible.”  

Born in Costa Rica and immigrating to New London at age 3, Reyes was educated in the local school system. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University in Washington D.C., then took an alternative route to teacher certification through the prestigious New York City Teaching Fellows program. Photographer Brenda De Los Santos recently profiled Reyes as part of her photo and story project “Small City, GREAT Women.” Read the profile here.  

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