Tory Niles-Outler, a resident of Berlin, was appointed principal of Great Path Academy, the middle college high school located at Manchester Community College. Niles-Outler began her career with the Hartford Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 1994. She then held positions as long term substitute teacher; teacher at SAND School and John C. Clark Elementary School, where she was nominated as teacher of the year; literacy facilitator at Annie Fisher School; summer school coordinator for the district, and assistant principal at E.B. Kennelly School then principal in 2001.
In Fall 2007, Niles-Outler was appointed principal of the Hartford Public High School Freshman Academy. The mission of the academy was to reduce the retention and dropout rate. The success of the Freshman Academy was recognized in the book entitled, “Inside School Turnarounds,” published in 2010.
Niles-Outer holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, a master of arts degree in elementary education from Cambridge College and a 6th year degree in administration and supervision from Sacred Heart University.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Manchester Community College community and look forward to sharing all of Great Path Academy’s successes,” stated Niles-Outer regarding her new appointment.
Great Path Academy is an inter-district magnet school managed by Hartford Public Schools. The middle college high school format provides students with an accelerated program through which they may enroll in up to eight credits per semester in direct college classes. Over the past three years, 97% of Great Path Academy students have graduated and enrolled in post-secondary education.