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Schools Chief Eager to Teach

It's often said that those who can't do, teach, a hated phrase for many in the profession. When Ann Clark becomes a professor at Sacred Heart University next year, no one will be able to make that statement about her.

Clark, Fairfield's school superintendent since 2002, is retiring at the conclusion of the school year and moving on to train the next generation of school administrators. She will be a full-time professor working with teachers who hope to become certified administrators.

"I am very excited. I always hoped that when I retired I would teach at least one or two courses, but this great opportunity opened up," said Clark, who announced her retirement last August. "It was time to think about doing other things."

Before coming to Fairfield, Clark was assistant superintendent of schools in Bristol. She has also worked in state and Hartford regional education offices.

Clark said she will miss working in the Fairfield schools, and enjoyed the people she worked with. She said all her favorite memories were with faculty, children and other administrators.

Clark started a pre-school system in Fairfield (the town now has two pre-schools) and reverted back to two high schools (Warde and Ludlowe). These were her proudest moments. She also was proud of expanding the number of Advanced Placement courses in the high schools. During her tenure, she saw student enrollment reach 10,000.

Clark will be replaced by Dr. David Title, who is currently the Bloomfield superintendent and recently was named state superintendent of the year. Clark said Title is "very lucky" to be taking over in Fairfield. "Fairfield as a community really supports education. He will be working with a wonderful team of administrators and teachers, and the students here are fabulous."

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