Retired Principal Michael J. Rafferty was a key figure in the opening and development of the award-winning Old Saybrook Middle School in Old Saybrook, fostering greater trust among parents and community members and increasing community participation in school affairs. In collaboration with staff, volunteers and community agencies, Mr. Rafferty initiated a school-wide enrichment program that offers before- and after-school courses, clubs and age-appropriate activities. He began a highly successful program for at-risk students, providing them with an alternative learning center, one-on-one tutoring, and Saturday school. Mr. Rafferty ensures that each of his students has a positive adult contact through the "Advisor Contact Time" program, and that his faculty benefit from comprehensive professional development offerings.
Mike retired in 2013 after 45 years as an educator. For the past five years Mike has been a consultant and interim principal in five districts. He is active in committee work for the Connecticut Association of Schools and the CT State Department of Education.
1968 University of Wisconsin, B.S.