Welcome to the Groton Public School System
Susan L. Austin, Superintendent of Schools
A teacher at heart and an accomplished, visionary educational leader for the past forty years, Susan Austin became Groton Public Schools (GPS) Superintendent on January 1, 2021. Her role as Assistant Superintendent of GPS since 2014, along with my many years of high quality experience as an educator and educational leader, have prepared her to carry forth the vision, mission, and goals of the Board of Education.
“I am excited and ready to lead Groton Pubic Schools as Superintendent and promise continuity, consistency, and accelerated growth for students and commitment and dedication to the students, families and community of Groton,” she said.
According to Ms. Austin, the number one objective for Groton Schools is sustainability and continuity, with a leader who fully understands the complexity of the district and the Groton 2020 plan; ultimately focused on excellence, equity, and efficiency.
As the daughter of a navy veteran she also brings a unique perspective to the military community. Her own Father was stationed in Groton the late 70’s as CO of Subschool and a squadron commander. “Being in Groton is a little like coming home and I understand the unique challenges and successes our military children and their families face.”
Susan Austin’s Educational Career
Superintendent Susan Austin spent the first 15 years of her career as a secondary math teacher, as well as literacy, science, and social studies in New Canaan Public Schools. Certified PK-8, and 7-12 in mathematics, she pursued her masters in math education with Professor Dr. Cathy Fosnot at SCSU. She went on to be the teacher of the gifted, pursuing her sixth year degree at SCSU specializing in gifted education with Renzulli and Reis at UCONN and Dr. Howard Gardner at Harvard. She then became that district’s Math Coordinator, a role she held for four years while earning her 092 certification in Supervision and Curriculum development. Afterwards, Ms. Austin was promoted to Assistant Principal of New Canaan’s East Elementary School. In 2002, she was named Principal of Monroe’s Stepney Elementary School where she remained until 2013. She then moved to Stamford as Associate Superintendent for 17 months prior to joining the Groton Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent. In both roles, she has overseen Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, as well as Operations, including HR, technology Special Education, with expertise in budgets, grants and facilities and magnet school development.
Ms. Austin received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and Mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Masters of Arts in Education and Sixth Year degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She qualified for her Superintendent Certificate through Central Connecticut State University.
The Groton Board of Education named Susan Austin Groton Public Schools Superintendent, effective January 1, 2021, at a special meeting November 23, 2020. Groton Board of Education Chair Kim Shepardson Watson said, “The Groton Board of Education took very seriously its responsibility to find the best possible candidate to lead our schools. We conducted an extensive search, including many Groton staff and residents in the process through focus groups and surveys. We were a little surprised and very pleased to have attracted a superb pool of candidates with strong experience and credentials. We selected five excellent candidates to interview. Ms. Austin rose to the top of this esteemed group. She impressed us with her plan to support us through this tumultuous time and maintain momentum on the many initiatives currently underway. The Board and I are looking forward to the years ahead under Susan’s leadership.” The Groton Board was guided in its search by Mary Broderick, consultant with CABE Search Services. She gathered perspectives from many stakeholders before writing the Leadership Profile, which guided the Board in its search for a new district leader.