"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Colin Powell
Welcome to Salem Elementary School. My name is Tiffany Deitelbaum and I have the privilege of serving as principal in this supportive school community. I have worked as an educator in the Naugatuck Public Schools for 22 years in a variety of roles from classroom teacher for 14 years to math, literacy and instructional coach positions for 7 years and most recently as an assistant principal. The commitment to professional growth here in the district has prepared me well for this new role. I am thrilled to be able to continue down the educational path with students and families in Naugatuck. The Salem staff and families work in collaboration to provide opportunities for students to grow and learn in a warm and welcoming environment. The school staff and I believe strongly in developing the whole child, not only academically but socially and emotionally as well.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I cannot help if I don't know what is on your mind. I check my email several times a day, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the school and leave a message with the school secretary and I will return your call by the end of the day.
About Mrs. Deitelbaum
I became an educator to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine to be a teacher. My mother often tells the story about how I would play school teacher to my stuffed animals and dolls even before I went to school or knew what going to school was like. In middle school, I volunteered to teach gymnastics at my local studio for the preschool students. When I got into high school I taught religious education on Sundays and volunteered at Maple Hill School two days a week. Through college, I worked as a gymnastics coach and camp counselor. So even before I ever stepped foot across a classroom to complete my college coursework I had a lot of practice with children and teaching.
Throughout my four years at college, all of my internships and practicums were in the primary grades, kindergarten and first grade. However, I got placed in sixth grade at City Hill Middle School for my student teaching and I was terrified! When I look back at that time I can laugh now. I fell in love with my students within minutes. I learned through that experience that children are children...regardless of the age from kindergarten through seniors, I just love working with them! Everything happens for a reason because I got a job where I student taught and never really left for that long. Over my 22 years as an educator, I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade math, science, social studies, and English Language Arts. I was the first K-8 math consultant in Naugatuck for four years as well as serving as the Instructional Coach the last three years before taking the position as Assistant Principal.
I love working in Naugatuck for more reasons than I can fit here. One of the top reasons is that I find it ideal to be able to work and live in the same community. I am able to develop a deeper relationship with my students and their families because I work and live beside them. Another great reason is I grew up here and had the time of my life so had no desire to ever leave. My husband and I chose to build a life with our children here because of the people in the borough. It is large enough to have an eclectic social circle but small enough to get a text now and again about what my children are up to! My neighborhood is a step back in time where children play hoops in the street, capture the flag between our lawns, and make the neighborhood rounds to find the warmest pool. Many of my friends have come and gone but we have stayed. Naugatuck has changed. For our family, the changes are some of the reasons we have stayed. It has become a diverse community in which my children and students get the benefits of learning and playing alongside those that may be different from them. Naugatuck represents a microcosm of the United States today. We have families from all over the globe right here living, working and learning next to us.
- Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics from Central CT State University, 1996
- Master of Science in Reading and Language Arts from Central CT State University, 2001
- Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration from Sacred Heart University, 2017
Years of Experience: 22 years
Years working in Naugatuck Public Schools: My entire professional career of 22 years
A few of my favorite things: My family. Reading books for both my professional career and for personal choice. Chocolate (of course). The beach. Watching my children play sports. Learning, I love learning anything new.
A fun fact about me: I was an exchange student to Indonesian when I was in high school.
Interesting Irony: I am from a family of 6 and I am the only girl. I married my high school sweetheart, Michael, who also comes from a family of 6. And you guessed it he has only one sister. My father came from a family of 6 as well with only one sister. Mike and I broke the tradition and kept our family to 4 children. (But you guessed it we have only one girl!)