Superintendent of Schools

The primary role of the superintendent is to provide for the supervision of the schools under its control. The superintendent shall serve as the chief executive officer of the board. The superintendent shall have executive authority over the school system and the responsibility for its supervision.

Melony Brady-Shanley


Melony Brady-Shanley began her educational career in Hartford in 2001 as a Physical Education and Health Teacher. She quickly realized that leadership and transformational instruction were at the heart of her work. She became the founding principal of the first K-8 STEM school in New England, Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, while simultaneously overseeing the opening of several other STEM schools in multiple districts throughout the state. She and her team successfully led Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School to become a National Blue Ribbon School. Melony spent 14 years working for Hartford Public Schools and held various leadership roles, including serving as the Principal of Hartford Public High School.

Following her time in Hartford, she served the Consolidated School District of New Britain as the Assistant Chief Talent Officer, overseeing 18 schools and 30-plus administrators.

Since 2017, Melony has served as the proud Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools. Upon entering the Winchester Public Schools, Melony took the district out of the State Department of Education’s Receivership Program. Since this time, the district and Board of Education have undergone extensive legal training, professional learning, curriculum enhancement, budgetary audits, assessment analysis, facility improvements, and programmatic development to ensure that the district was sound and efficient. Since 2017, a core focus has been rebuilding trust and relationships with the town and community to ensure support for our educational system. Instructionally, the district is now performing routinely at the state average in reading and mathematics and out-performing the state average in science. 

Melony holds the following degrees:  Bachelors of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University, a 6th year Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University and her Superintendent’s Certification from Central Connecticut State University. 

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