Dr. Polselli earned his Ph.D. in computing technology in education from The Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in March of 2002. He has since earned a second Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in education administration. He was the Technology Coordinator for the Killingly Public School System in Dayville, CT from 1996-2002 and was also an adjunct instructor at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA from 1997-2002 where he taught networking, database design, and webpage development. As part of his doctoral research, he developed a mentor-supported online (hybrid) technology training program for teachers that successfully improved the instance and quality of technology integration in the classroom.
Dr. Polselli then joined the Middletown Public School system as the Director of Technology for the district of 11 schools, 420 teachers, 380 staff, and 5,200 students. He oversees all aspects of technology from staff supervision, budget, data, and finance to networking and end-user support as well as the district's technology curriculum. Dr. Polselli and his team support teachers through an innovative professional development program based on his experience and prior research. His work traveling as one of the delegates to China for the Connecticut State Department of Education has had a profound impact on his vision for the future of technology, teaching, and learning.
Dr. Polselli is currently the Director of Technology for the Norwalk Board of Education and supports 19 schools, 900 teachers, 700 staff, and 11,300 students. He supervises a team of fifteen and oversees both the operational side as well as the curriculum and instruction aspects of technology. From reducing cost while improving service to improving instruction through the use of data tools such as a student data portal (warehouse), Dr. Polselli has a passion for leveraging technology in the K-12 environment.
Dr. Polselli has been commuting to work in his seven passenger Piper Saratoga aircraft for the past nine years, volunteers time and expenses to fly for Angel Flight Northeast, a non-profit organization that provides free flights for patients who require specialized treatment but cannot afford the cost of transportation, and trains professional pilots on weekends as a commercial and instrument flight instructor for Connecticut Flight Academy in Hartford, CT, where he developed the FAA Approved (Part 141), technology-driven curriculum for both the instrument and private pilot ground schools.
Robert N. Polselli, Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Technology
Norwalk Public Schools
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06852