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Dr. Chad Ellis

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At Bristow Middle School, we truly believe that all students can learn in multiple ways and at optimal levels. Our goal is to work collaboratively with parents to ensure that students are productive and responsible young adults who learn to take advantage of their learning opportunities. We are dedicated to teaching our students to be the best they can, to work hard and to strive towards greatness.

As a veteran principal, I know the power of family. The African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” is how I would describe the work we all do to develop successful young people. Together, with all of us (staff, students and parents) striving towards the same goals, our students will become future leaders and positive, productive citizens.

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My career as an educator in West Hartford began in 1987 at the Charter Oak Academy of Global Studies after graduating from St. Joseph College. After 18 enjoyable years at Charter Oak, I was inspired to join the first Bristow Middle School team of teachers to establish and open the school in 2005. While at Bristow, I have taught sixth grade language arts, social studies, science, and math. I have also had the opportunity to teach graduate students as an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph College, as well as coach several team sports in the West Hartford community.

As assistant principal, I look forward to working with colleagues, students, and families to help all students succeed. I welcome your comments, questions, and ideas to enhance the program at Bristow Middle School.

Jacqueline Colon

Assistant Principal