Meet the Principal 

Welcome to Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin University. I am truly honored to serve as the principal of this wonderful school. As a former elementary school teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal, I am excited to unite my experiences and my child centered approach to support our scholars and school community. 

Our mission and vision as a Reggio Emila inspired school, is to foster meaningful and authentic learning experiences guided by student interest and voice. Families are seen as an integral part of the learning process as the child's first teacher and our classrooms serve as an extension of our outdoor community. 

At Riverside Magnet School, we provide our youngest learners with a pathway to continue their educational careers after fifth grade. It is our hope that once scholars complete their fifth grade year at Riverside Magnet School, they will continue their learning at Connecticut River Academy during their middle and high school years and earn their degree at Goodwin University. 

As your principal, I am committed to keeping scholars at the forefront of every decision we make as a school and will continue to build meaningful relationships that support academic and social growth with all scholars, staff and families. 

I welcome your conversation, feedback and questions. Please reach out if you would like to learn more about Riverside Magnet School. 

In Partnership,

Kimberlee Matthews



Meet the Assistant Principal 

Dear RMS Scholars, Parents and Community,

Please allow me to introduce myself as the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Riverside Magnet School. I am honored to be in this position alongside Ms. Matthews and look forward to making the 2022-2023 school year the best year yet. 

I began my teaching career 13 years ago in Chelsea, MA, a town outside of Boston. The majority of my years as an educator have been spent working in East Hartford, CT. I was previously employed as an elementary classroom teacher, STEM Coach, Instructional Coach, and most recently, Interim Assistant Principal. I am a graduate of Springfield College where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Sacred Heart University where I earned a Masters in Elementary Teaching, as well as the University of Connecticut, where I obtained a Sixth Year Certification in Educational Administration. On a personal note, my husband and I have two children - a rising Kindergarten daughter and a Pre-K aged daughter.

I look forward to carrying out the RMS Mission and Vision - to honor the natural development and diversity of all children, so that they can reach their individual potential. It is my goal to continue to create a nurturing community of learners, fostering relationships and working in partnership. 

I am excited about the opportunities each new school year brings and am proud to be a part of the RMS family. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more about RMS.


Kayleigh Conrad

Assistant Principal