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WEST HAVEN, Conn. – West Haven High School will have a new Choral Director for the upcoming 2022-23 school year as Principal Dana Paredes has announced the hiring of Jason Thomas.

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Thomas comes to WHHS after spending the previous four years as the Choral Director at Westport Public Schools in Westport, Conn. During his tenure at Westport, Thomas taught Chorus and Music Technology to middle school students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. He was also a curriculum writer for the Choral and Music Technology programs, the Music Director for the Bedford Theater Company, and served as a TEAM Mentor for beginning teachers.

Prior to his time at Westport Public Schools, Thomas also taught General Music and Chorus in both the Bridgeport Public Schools district and the Hamden Public Schools district. He also has experience teaching General Music and serving as the Choral Director at the Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, Conn., and as a Music Director at a local church in Milford, Conn.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Connecticut in 2007, before earning his Master of Science in Education at the University of Bridgeport in 2012. Several years later, he obtained his Sixth Year Diploma in Education Leadership from Quinnipiac University in 2016. Thomas has a CT TEAM Mentor Certification, a certification in Music, PK-12, and an Intermediate Administrative Certification.

“I am excited to be teaching right here in my hometown,” exclaimed Thomas. “Over the course of my career, I have taught a broad range of students throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties. I am particularly excited about having the opportunity to impact the students and families of the community in which I live. West Haven, here I come!”