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Mary K. Tshonas is Quinebaug Middle College’s New Principal

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Mary K. Tshonas has been chosen to lead EASTCONN’s public magnet high school, Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson. 

Tshonas has served as QMC’s interim principal, assistant principal and dean of students. 

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mary K. Tshonas” said EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala.
“She brings an ideal professional background to her new leadership position and has clearly demonstrated a keen understanding of the school’s mission, students and staff. Her new role at QMC is well earned, and I look forward to supporting her student-centered work at QMC.”

Open since 2008, QMC is intended for motivated, independent learners in grades 9-12. QMC students can take free QVCC classes while attending QMC and earn their associate’s degree while still in high school. QMC is located on the QVCC campus. 

“QMC is a hidden gem,” said Tshonas. “What we offer to students in this region is unlike any other educational institution and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I’m looking forward to ensuring that our students have increased opportunities in the college realm and also in areas of certification, like those available through QVCC in health-related fields and manufacturing.
I fully and firmly believe in the mission of QMC and its personalized learning environment, as well as its democratic learning community, where students have a voice and a choice.” 

Tshonas first joined QMC five years ago as the STEM instructional coach and data facilitator. She helped lead QMC’s years-long effort to earn New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation, which was awarded last spring.

She continues to work with QVCC to develop programs that ensure QMC students are ready for the challenge and rigor of college classes at QVCC. 

Prior to joining EASTCONN, Tshonas was a teacher at Tolland Middle School. She earned her bachelor’s from UCONN, Storrs, and obtained her master’s, with distinction, from Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds an 092 certificate from Sacred Heart, and is working toward her Sixth Year Degree. 

Visit www.eastconn.org/qmc, or contact
Mary K. Tshonas at mtshonas@eastconn.org.