The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering has a new principal, but Tina Rivera is no stranger to its hallways.
“I heard about this opportunity where Stamford, Connecticut was starting a magnet school high school program, and I was really interested in being a part of its development.”
Rivera began her journey at AITE 14 years ago as a Physical Education teacher. From there, Rivera took on the role of Administrative Intern, before becoming the school’s first assistant principal in 2004.
“I did that under the former principal Paul Gross, and when he retired, I had the opportunity to apply for the position, and I was given the position as an Interim for the first year,” Rivera says.
Rivera was officially appointed this month, and says she’s ready take on the role. One of Rivera’s goals is to expand the high school’s Biomedical Program.
“I’m looking to really grow that program, to train more teachers because you have to get certified to teach that, and then to really market it in a way to attract local students from Stamford, but also to increase those opportunities for out of district students where those opportunities don’t exist in their communities.”
But Rivera has been spearheading AITE projects since she’s started, including starting a senior project to prepare students for college and implementing a community service requirement.
“What’s nice about having this permanent position, is now I get to see some of these things come to fruition, whether it’s next year or a few years down the road.”
For Rivera, AITE is more than just a school. It’s like a second home.
"This really has been my family for the past 14 years and it is that sense of community and family that I feel is unique to this school based on my experiences in the past.”