RMS Announces New Assistant Principal

Riverside Magnet School Announces Kelly Gelineau as Assistant Principal
Kelly Gelineau

Effective immediately, LEARN and Goodwin University have promoted Kelly Gelineau as the assistant principal at Riverside Magnet School (RMS).

Gelineau, of Dudley, Mass., earned her new role with RMS following a successful year as the school’s interim assistant principal. The LEARN Executive Committee made the appointment official on Friday, July 10. Gelineau will complete the new leadership team for RMS, joining Principal Tonja Kelly.

“I’m excited to continue my work as assistant principal for the RMS team.” Gelineau said. “I promise to accelerate our respect for equity and diversity, while creating opportunities to help our students behaviorally and academically through these uncertain times.”

RMS is a Reggio Emilia-themed magnet elementary school located in East Hartford on Goodwin University’s Riverside Campus, serving students from pre-Kindergarten through the 5th grade. LEARN, the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) for southeastern Connecticut, administers RMS in cooperation with Goodwin University. Goodwin owns and has ultimate oversight of their campus inter-district magnet school operations.

Gelineau’s role as permanent assistant principal comes as schools prepare to reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a closure in March. She will work with Principal Tonja Kelly to ensure that RMS remains a healthy and safe environment for students and staff, as well as to successfully transition children back into classrooms.

Gelineau knows the school community well. In addition to her year as interim assistant principal, she was previously a Reggio Emilia humanities coach at RMS. She also has several years of experience as a classroom teacher in Eastford and as a reading and language arts consultant in Putnam. Both districts are located in the northeastern “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut.

“Kelly Gelineau energetically stepped into the role of the assistant principal last year,” Tonja Kelly said. “Her background as a teacher, specialist, and coach allowed her to make great strides in student performance and teacher involvement. She is friendly and approachable and already so committed to our community and our mission.”

Gelineau is a proud University of Maine graduate, earning a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned her Master’s degree in Reading/Language Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University and her 6th year degree from Sacred Heart University.


Serving southeastern Connecticut for more than 50 years, LEARN is a Regional Educational Service Center working with and for its member districts to improve the quality of public education for all learners. LEARN provides leadership for teaching and learning; high quality, innovative schools and programs; identifies and delivers customized and cost-effective programs and services; and promotes collaborative partnerships and regional cooperation. LEARN is a member of the Connecticut RESC Alliance.

About Goodwin University

Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Founded in 1999, Goodwin University is focused on serving a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce, and community. Its innovative programs of study prepare students for professional careers while promoting lifelong learning and civic responsibility. As a nurturing university community, Goodwin challenges its students, faculty, staff, and administration to fully realize their highest academic, professional, and personal potential. To learn more about Goodwin University, please visit www.goodwin.edu.

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