frank costanzo

Experiencing and Enriching Education


Frank Costanzo holds a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in teaching secondary education from Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Quinnipiac University. Most recently, he graduated from the Teacher’s College of Columbia University with a Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership.

Certainly, Frank’s dedication to education is apparent, and he is no doubt one who lives out his calling to edify and enlighten his country through the knowledge of the importance of education. He currently serves as the Chief of School Operations for Norwalk Public Schools, a school district in Connecticut comprised of 20 schools and approximately 11,700 students. Here, he is responsible for everything from district school security to labor contract negotiations, leadership talent initiatives, and the coaching of school principles. He has also been instrumental in helping to close the achievement gap, and he led Norwalk Public Schools to show the second largest percentage increase on the Next Generation Accountability Index for K-12 districts in 2016-2017.

Before moving into his role as Chief of School Operations, Frank served as the Principal at Norwalk Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. During his tenure, the school was honored by U.S. News & World Report as a Connecticut Silver Medal High School and was praised for its success in raising graduation rates, college enrollment, and college persistence. He was also responsible for leading all operations, systems, and curriculum and instructional areas. He also oversaw a $5 million site-based budget as well as all marketing and recruitment efforts for the school. He also served in New Haven as Interim Principal of New Haven’s Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy – a K-8 school – as well as a teacher and Administrative Intern and Director of after-school programs at New Haven Academy High School.

Frank Costanzo’s love for education doesn’t merely arise from a desire to ascent to new intellectual heights — far from it. Frank’s desire to educate future generations stems from his deep desire to help the people around him. “I can think of no better way, given my talents and skill set, to help my country and to build up the people around me.”

His accomplishments in education speak for themselves, but it’s his personality and evident love for people that makes his mark in education so profound, effective, and undeniable.

In addition to his formal training in education, Frank Costanzo is also a certified Connecticut Superintendent of Schools and a Connecticut School Administrator. He has also served as the Board of Director at CAPA Shubert Theatre from 2012-2015 and as an American Association of School Administrators (AASA) member.


Past Positions

NORWALK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Chief of School Operations, 2015-Present

Lead school operations to close the achievement gap and improve school climate; evaluate and coach school principals; lead all school improvement planning, development and resource allocation including Priority School District, Alliance and Title I grants; develop and manage school student-based budgets with principals and Finance Office.

NORWALK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Acting Superintendent, November-December 2017

Designed and revamped all new and existing district polices and procedures; was responsible for district school security, transportation, enrollment, school governance councils; spearheaded Leadership Talent Initiatives including the NPS Leadership Pipeline; advised and supported labor contract negotiations, facilities master planning.

NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Principal, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 2011-2015

Led 650 student inter-district magnet high school; was responsible for notable student achievement outcomes in a variety of indicators.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Norwalk Public Schools showed the second largest percentage increase on the Next Generation Accountability Index for K-12 districts in 2016-2017. 2016-2017 Report: Year-over-year increase of 4.2 points going from 72.7% 2015-2016 to 76.9% 2016-2017. Total Accountability Index points earned 56.6.
  • Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School College Admission & Persistence: Co-Op’s graduates that immediately enrolled in college increased from 60% to 74% and college persistence rates rose from 73% to 88% (National Clearing House).
  • Co-Op awarded as Silver Medal High School, Connecticut’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


  • (093) CT Superintendent of Schools
  • (092) CT School Administrator
  • Board Director CAPA Shubert Theatre 2012-2015
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA) member
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD) member


Frank Costanzo received his Doctor of Education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in Organization and Leadership. Teachers College, Columbia University is a graduate school of education, health and psychology in New York City. Founded in 1887, it has served as the Faculty and Department of Education of Columbia University since its affiliation in 1898.

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