Administrative Team

Our Administrative Team

The administrative team at Clark Lane Middle School is comprised of the Principal and the Assistant Principal.   

Principal Jim Sachs has a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College where he majored in Government and minored in History. He spent many years as a manager and left the business world in 1996 to obtain his Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) from Quinnipiac University. Mr. Sachs worked at North Haven Middle School during his internship, and was a history teacher and later department chairperson during his eight years in the Meriden Public School District. Mr. Sachs then obtained his 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. Sachs was Dean of Students for three years at C. M. McGee Middle School in Berlin and then Assistant Principal for three years at Berlin High School. Mr. Sachs came to Clark Lane Middle School in July of 2011.

Assistant Principal Tomeka Howard holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration from Sacred Heart University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Saint Paul’s College in Virginia. Ms. Howard recently served as the District SRBI Coordinator-Instructional Specialist at Norwich Public Schools.  Prior to this role, she served successfully as the Dean of Student Culture at Booker T. Washington Middle School in New Haven, CT and as an Instructional Coach and STEM-ELA Teacher at New London Public Schools. 

School goals are driven by the careful analysis of student performance data and school learning objectives stress depth of knowledge and promote student independence as a learner. The administration shares a collaborative approach to developing common professional growth plans that use resources, activities, and leadership experiences within and outside of the school. All stakeholders are included in the collaborative effort to meet all students’ individual learning needs. Responses to families model a two-way communication system that supports frequent, proactive, and personalized communication about student performance and learning. We are always willing and available to discuss any concern of our students, teachers, parents or community members!

We attend national affiliations, attend relevant professional development as well as coordinate and facilitate such experiences for our staff, and serve active roles within the Waterford community. We invite community members to visit our school and view first-hand the high level of engagement our students are fortunate to experience on a daily basis.

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