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Dr. Chad Ellis

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At Bristow Middle School, we are a unique community of learners. Guided by our core values, we are focused on preparing students for academic success, social-emotional and physical wellness. We are equity-minded and strive to be culturally responsive in our approach to working with students and families.

As principal, I am often asked “what make Bristow different?” Although we’re a public school, we enjoy many of the features one might find in an independent school. We cherish the small, tight-knit community that we have here and the beauty of our school and campus. Our entire staff regularly goes above and beyond in their service to students and families. Every student that joins us becomes a member of the Bristow family, and will remain one their whole lives. We look forward to welcoming each new group of young people that joins us, and hope that you will be proud to be a Bristow Bulldog!

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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