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Watkinson School Appoints New Chief Financial and Operations Officer 

Watkinson School is pleased to announce its new Chief Financial and Operations Officer is Julia Winer of West Hartford, CT.  

The CFOO provides strategic financial and operational leadership and is part of the senior leadership team. Winer will work closely with Head of School Teri Schrader, who taught Winer when she attended the Francis W. Parker Charter School which Schrader helped found and was the Head of School for 10 years.

About her appointment, Winer commented, “I chose Watkinson because I believe the most important and compelling work that is happening in education today is happening here. I am driven to be a part of that work and to be part of the team that advances Watkinson’s mission. And I am eager to invite more people locally and beyond to get to know Watkinson the way I do.” Winer has been a member of Watkinson’s board of trustees for five years, most recently serving as vice president.

Teri adds, “It’s only natural that Julia has returned to education. She is the perfect choice for Watkinson as she has a deep understanding of and is profoundly committed to schools like Watkinson. She is deeply rooted in this community, having attended the University of Hartford and being an exceptional leader in Hartford. I am excited to have her intellect and passion at Watkinson!”

Winer comes to Watkinson School by way of MD Ally, where she was the Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, Winer was the Chief Corporate Office and Chief of Staff at Hartford’s Silver Fern Healthcare, and Director of Public Policy and Strategic Planning at the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). She was also an adjunct professor in the University of Connecticut School of Business, teaching “Business Communications” for UConn’s Full-Time MBA Program and “Statistics in Business” for UConn’s Executive MBA Program.  

A graduate of the University of Hartford, Winer also has an MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business, and an MS in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford made possible by a John G. Martin Scholarship from the University of Hartford. In 2022, the University of Hartford awarded Winer their prestigious Anchor Award for Impact on Social Responsibility/Civic Engagement and featured her on the Hawk to Hawk podcast

Watkinson School is Hartford’s oldest co-ed independent day private school for grades 6-12/PG. . Watkinson’s mission is to develop in our students the power to shape their lives and the world around them. Our next info session for prospective families is August 9 at 6pm.

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