Mike Rafferty, Principal, Old Saybrook Middle School

Michael J. Rafferty, principal of Old Saybrook Middle School, has taken office as the 32nd president of the Connecticut Association of Schools. A 38-year veteran educator, Mike has served as principal of O.S.M.S. since 1990. "I am deeply honored to be elected as president of the Connecticut Association of Schools," said Mike upon his appointment. "I look forward to working with my fellow school leaders to provide meaningful educational and extra-curricular opportunities for all of Connecticut’s children.”

Mike earned bachelor of science and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a certificate of advanced study from the University of Massachusetts. He began his professional career in 1968 as a communications teacher in Darlington, Wisconsin. After relocating to Massachusetts in 1973, he served as a guidance counselor at Clarke Jr. High School in Lexington and then as an assistant principal at Austin Middle School in Lakeville. Mike worked as a principal in Massachusetts for eight years before assuming his current position of principal of Old Saybrook Middle School.

A decorated administrator, Mike is a former Milken Award recipient and was the 2000 CAS Middle School Principal of the Year. Under his leadership, O.S.M.S. was named Middle School of the Year - TWICE! It is the only school to have achieved this distinction.