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Benjamin Franklin
Elementary School

426 West Main St.
Meriden, CT 06451
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Mrs. Joanne Conte, Principal of Benjamin Franklin School



Mrs. Joanne Conte was born, raised, and educated in Meriden and has been working for Meriden Public Schools since 1986. Her first position as an educator was coaching the Maloney Girls' Volleyball and Tennis teams. As a college student, she worked, coached, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Central Connecticut State University in 1988.

In 1991, she accepted a
one-year full-time position as the In-School Suspension teacher at Washington Middle School. She continued on her career path teaching 7th-grade Integrated Language Arts at Washington for several years. After earning a Master's Degree and then a 6th Year Degree both in Reading and Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University, she transitioned into a Reading Specialist position in 2002 where she coached teachers at both Washington and Lincoln Middle School.

Besides her three degrees, Mrs. Conte also earned an Administrative certification from the University of Bridgeport and became the Secondary Supervisor of Language Arts in 2008. As the Supervisor of Language Arts, she worked directly with principals, classroom teachers, and specialists to develop a meaningful language arts curriculum.
 Mrs. Conte became Principal of Hanover Elementary School in 2014. Then, an opportunity emerged to become the new Principal at Benjamin FranklinElementary and she was thrilled to accept!

Mrs. Conte enjoys being in the role of the Principal of Ben
jamin Franklin since 2015 and she looks forward to meeting all her students and families each year. In addition to the time she devotes to her career, Mrs. Conte also enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Joel, and her two children Rachel and Jacob. 


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