Gary S. Mala has been Avon’s superintendent of public schools since 2011. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of schools in Regional School District 17. He was also previously superintendent of schools for the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District in Southwick, Mass., and has held educational leadership positions that included those of high school principal, elementary principal and pupil services director. Mala has taught regular and special education at the elementary level and special education at the high school level.
He completed his doctoral level work at both the University of Hartford and Nova Southeastern University, and earned his superintendent certification and Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). He also holds a combined master’s degree from SCSU in special education and educational leadership, and has bachelor’s degrees in both elementary and special education from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
Mala is a past recipient of the Presidential Award of Achievement as a distinguished graduate from CCSU and was recently awarded the Presidential Award from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS). He is currently an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Quinnipiac University, specializing in graduate level school finance.
Mala has a strong record of advocating at the state legislative level on behalf of schools and communities, and was appointed to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s (5th District) STEM Advisory Council, serving as chairman of the Council’s Education Subcommittee.