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Elizabeth D. Messler

Elizabeth (Beth) Messler is an innovative leader and an enthusiastic learner, with over 15 years of experience in education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & History from Union College, Schenectady, NY; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY; and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

Prior to pursuing her passion for education, Beth was Director of Customer Insights for Modem Media, where she lead teams in understanding consumer behavior in the automobile and packaged goods industries. A lifelong sociologist, she continued her interest in studying human needs and behavior as she began her teaching career in Greenwich, CT, and ultimately made her way to Long Lots Elementary School in Westport, where she taught 3rd grade. Passionate about educating the whole child, Beth has advanced training in Responsive Classroom and has been a leader in implementing the district’s social and emotional learning curriculum. Beth has served as Westport’s Math & Literacy Coordinator, as well as Assistant Principal at both Long Lots Elementary School and Coleytown Elementary School. In 2014, Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) recognized Beth as Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year.

In 2015, Beth joined Saugatuck Elementary School as Principal. She has fostered a culture of literacy through the One Book, One School initiative and the school’s growing partnership with the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project. A firm believer in the power of collaboration to improve teaching and learning, Beth is most proud of developing and supporting the professional learning culture at Saugatuck. In addition to her role as Principal, Beth oversees the District’s Elementary Literacy Curriculum and works with district literacy teams to foster Westport students who are critical thinkers, thoughtful readers, and passionate writers.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys watching her two active boys on the lacrosse field, visiting the beach with family and friends, and getting lost in a good book.