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Since 1988, Michael Kohlhagen has been committed to using his skills and experience to refine the public school system. Most recently, Michael Kohlhagen held the position of Superintendent of Schools at Wethersfield Public Schools in Connecticut, where he worked to enact a comprehensive range of improvements for the district.In the less than three years that he served as Superintendent at Wethersfield Public Schools, Michael Kohlhagen boosted the districts overall ranking among similar size Towns, a feat was celebrated by Connecticut Magazine. Among the goals achieved under Superintendent Michael Kohlhagen’s direction were increased technology access for all students, additional support for growing young families and those with special needs children, a new health care reserve, enhanced residency registration processes, and a new home-school communication system. Prior to his tenure as Superintendent at Wethersfield Public Schools, Michael Kohlhagen worked at Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Hartford Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services. Michael Kohlhagen has also held several positions at the New York City Department of Education, including Assistant Director of Funded Programs, Executive Administrator in the Office of the Superintendent, and Director of Pupil Personnel Services. A seasoned and accomplished superintendent, Michael Kohlhagen possesses certifications and licenses from the states of New York and Connecticut, including District Administrator and Social Worker certifications. Michael Kohlhagen plans to acquire his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership after he completes his dissertation.

Work experience

Jul 2007Mar 2010

Superintendent of Schools

Wethersfield Public Schools

Responsible for the strategic implementation of the mission, vision and goals of the Board of Education resulting in significant and continuous improvement in all aspects of the School District.


Superintendent of Schools

Wethersfield Public Schools

Responsible for all aspects of Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, Special Education, and Assessments for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District.


Assistant Superintendent

Hartford Public Schools

Accountable for all operations inherent in a comprehensive student support services division for the Hartford Public Schools.


School District Administrator/Director

New York City Department of Education

Acknowledged with a variety of increasingly responsible roles that afforded the opportunity for a continuum of learning and experience from the school level up through the Office of the Superintendent.






Columbia University

Currently completing dissertation.



Fordham University


College of New Rochelle