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Ansonia Public Schools

Hear from Maria Tangredi about why the performing arts motivates her students.

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Meet Maria Tangredi

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Ansonia's greatest asset is its diversity. Students come to our district with a vast array of life experiences that enrich us all.


  • 9 - 12th Grade Instrumental and Vocal Music Teacher



  • 2016 Golden Apple Award, Ansonia Public Schools
  • 2015 Golden Apple Award, Ansonia Public Schools
  • 2004 Ansonia Teacher of the Year
  • Choral and Instrumental Ensembles received Superior and Excellent Ratings at various music festivals

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Why I Teach

The students I serve inspire me each day to help lead them to aesthetic experiences. Their energy and hunger to be better performers motivate me to provide them with experiences that can only be achieved through the performing arts.

I strongly believe in the power of the word yet—that in the vast majority of circumstances, unable is a temporary state of being. The definition of able may look different for each student, but progress is really just small stops along a continuum. Oftentimes, what comes across as a lack of ability or lack of aptitude is actually just a manifestation of a lack of sustained, high-quality opportunities.

It is both our moral and professional obligation as individual educators, as well as the institution of public education itself, to create these high-quality, supportive opportunities where all children can reach their potential.

In the end, it all boils down to relationships at every level of our profession—within our own classrooms, with our students, with the people in our buildings, at the district level, with families and with the greater community. Making these connections helps everyone feel supported. When people feel supported and have a sense of ownership in what’s at stake, their odds of being successful are much greater.

Ansonia by the numbers

  • 196

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 2,304

    Engaged Learners

  • 43,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Ansonia Public Schools

  • About

    Ansonia Public Schools is ranked 13th in Connecticut as “The Most Diverse School District,” with approximately 40 percent of students identifying as Hispanic, 35 percent as white, 20 percent as Black/African-American and 2 percent as Asian. Ansonia Public Schools is a small, urban school district located in the Lower Naugatuck Valley region of Connecticut. Our district serves 2,300 children in four schools: John G. Prendergast School (K-6), John C. Mead School (pre-K-6), Ansonia Middle School (7-8 and pre-K), and Ansonia High School (9-12).

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Please visit our district's website for our collective bargaining agreement, which includes details about our compensation and benefits.

  • For Students

    Ansonia Public School offers a well-rounded learning environment:

    • Culturally diverse student population 
    • 12 Advanced Placement courses
    • 10 sports teams 
    • Two world languages
    • Freshman Academy Program
    • 20 extracurricular clubs and organizations
  • Job Opportunities

    If you’re interested in working for Ansonia Public Schools, check out our job postings at the link below or email fperrotti@ansonia.org.

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