Zlatin Named Director of CTRA Middle School Program

Zlatin Named Director of CTRA Middle School Program
Christina Zlatin

LEARN and Goodwin University have found the ideal director for their new Middle School Program at the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA). The Executive Committee of the LEARN Board of Directors appointed Christina Zlatin, a proven magnet middle school principal, to the position. She will begin her new role on July 1.

Zlatin, of Wethersfield, is well experienced with LEARN magnet schools. Since 2015, she has been principal of Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School (DL&AMMS) in Waterford. She is excited to be making the change to CTRA and the launch of a brand new program.

“I am honored to join the Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin University communities,” Zlatin said. “I look forward to bringing CTRA‘s inspirational mission, vision, and core values to life for early adolescent learners across the region.”

LEARN is a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) serving southeastern Connecticut, with magnet schools extending into the central region of the state. LEARN and Goodwin University cooperatively administer CTRA, a sustainability-themed early college magnet high school located on Goodwin’s Riverside Campus in East Hartford. The agency and university also partner in operating the nearby Riverside Magnet School (RMS), a Reggio Emilia-inspired elementary school for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students. Goodwin University owns and has ultimate oversight of their campus inter-district magnet school operations.

The new Middle School Program is designed as a bridge from RMS to CTRA where 6th through 8th grade students will be introduced to new themes and opportunities. Zlatin will direct the program, working closely with CTRA interim principal JT Foster.

“Through our program’s emphasis on innovative technology and creative design, we will realize a unique pre-K through college pathway on the Goodwin University campus,” Zlatin said.

LEARN Executive Director Kate Ericson said that Zlatin is a proven educator who connects well with students, teachers, and families.

“Christina Zlatin is an excellent principal who demonstrates grace, calm, and creativity through every educational challenge and opportunity,” Ericson said. “She is the ideal choice for leading the Connecticut River Academy’s new program.”

Goodwin University President Mark Scheinberg shared Ericson’s enthusiasm at hiring Zlatin to lead the prep program. “The addition of the three grades to CTRA has been a dream of ours for several years,” Scheinberg said. “Christina’s creativity and wide range of educational experiences open up a world of possibilities for our students.”

For the last five years, Zlatin excelled at DL&AMMS, where she built an educational community that prided itself on connections through challenges and choice. The LEARN school, though small in student population, offered one of the strongest elective robotics programs in the state, with teams frequently winning competitions against squads from larger middle schools.

Prior to becoming a principal, Zlatin was a social studies teacher in Simsbury and Bloomfield. Her first magnet school leadership role came at the Global Experience Magnet School in Bloomfield, where she was Dean of Academics from 2012-14. She went on to become Supervisor of Humanities for Bristol Public Schools in 2014, and remained in that position until hired by LEARN as Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School Principal in 2015.

Zlatin earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Bates College in Maine and a Master’s degree in social science from Wesleyan University. She earned her 6th year certificate in educational leadership from UConn.

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