Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Emma Hart Willard School. My name is Matt Correia and I am the building principal.

Willard School is an exceptional learning environment with highly dedicated students and staff. Our students consistently excel, as we provide a wide-range of learning experiences that are both rigorous and purposeful. It is our mission to ensure that our students become strategic readers, flexible problem solvers, and motivated life-long learners who have the ability to effectively collaborate, communicate and think independently.

The faculty and staff at Willard School understand the importance of supporting all learners and are committed to student achievement. It is our purpose to ensure that students are engaged, interested and are able to make connections to all aspects of the curriculum. Faculty and staff are dedicated to improving their craft and participate in a variety of professional development experiences that enhance their instructional approaches and understandings of elementary students. Within the classroom, our teachers encourage students to achieve their highest potential. Classrooms at Willard School foster risk-taking, stamina, ingenuity, curiosity, and critical thinking. Students are valued for their individuality and diverse capabilities. Our teachers take pride in being able to serve the “whole-student” and do right by kids each and every day.

Technology plays an important role within each of the classrooms at Willard School. Classrooms are equipped with SMART-Boards, computers, laptops, iPads, and document cameras, all of which are used to enhance the overall student learning experience. In addition, our students have access to and use technology, which supports their understanding of various topics and learning concepts. Our faculty and staff believe that technology can have a strong impact on student learning and achievement. Students are taught to use technology in a safe and appropriate manner, becoming digitally responsible citizens both at school and while at home.

We are fortunate to have an active parent community who supports our school and the education of all students. Our PTO works closely with administration, as well as with teachers, so that we provide students with a wide range of experiences and opportunities that promote team work and allow for deeper connections to occur with our curriculum and community.

Willard School is a Bucket-Filling School. We support and encourage one another each and every day. Our motto is that if you are filling buckets, then you are showing your “Willard Pride”. We are committed to developing well rounded, empathetic, respectful, responsible, and engaged citizens.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our unique and engaging learning environment. We look forward to partnering with you and making sure that the year ahead is memorable and successful for all.

Matt Correia, Ed.D.


Matt Correia, Ed.D.

Dolores Chowaniec 

1088 Norton Road
Berlin, CT 06307

8:40 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.