Louisa Carriera Calka passed away in Darien, July 6, 2021. She was born in Stamford on November 24, 1936. After graduating from Stamford High School in 1954, Louisa was employed as a secretary at Stevens Elementary School in Stamford. After her marriage in 1960, she attended Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Education. She received The Henry Barnard Award (for professional excellence), graduating in 1972. Since her marriage, Louisa gave birth and completed her undergrad studies in three years. After her leave of absence, Louisa returned to the Stamford School system as a teacher at Stillmeadow Elementary School and Cloonan Middle School (her alma mater) where she taught English (her major).

Louisa subsequently received her Master's degree in Education (1974) and a second Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision (1980) from the University of Bridgeport.

After serving as an Administrative Intern, she accepted a Principal position at Turn-of-River Middle School until her 'dream' position as the Principal of Westover Elementary School opened in 1993 where she served until her retirement in 2007. At Westover, Louisa was 'clerk of the works' during the rebuilding of Westover and completion in 1999 until her 'reign' ended. Louisa could not be idle long! She was asked to administer the Stamford Summer School Program in 2007 and remained until 2019.

As an Educator Louisa was past President of the Administrators Union and until her death, Louisa was President of the Villager Pond Condo Association where she labored daily.

Published by Stamford Advocate & The Hour & Connecticut Post from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2021.

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Louisa Carriera Calka passed away in Darien, July 6, 2021. She was born in Stamford on November 24, 1936. After graduating from Stamford High School in 1954, Louisa was employed as a secretary at Stevens Elementary School in Stamford. After her marriage in 1960, she attended Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Education. She received The Henry Barnard Award (for professional excellence), graduating in 1972. Since her marriage, Louisa gave birth and completed her undergrad studies in three years. After her leave of absence, Louisa returned to the Stamford School system as a teacher at Stillmeadow Elementary School and Cloonan Middle School (her alma mater) where she taught English (her major).

Louisa subsequently received her Master's degree in Education (1974) and a second Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision (1980) from the University of Bridgeport.

After serving as an Administrative Intern, she accepted a Principal position at Turn-of-River Middle School until her 'dream' position as the Principal of Westover Elementary School opened in 1993 where she served until her retirement in 2007. At Westover, Louisa was 'clerk of the works' during the rebuilding of Westover and completion in 1999 until her 'reign' ended. Louisa could not be idle long! She was asked to administer the Stamford Summer School Program in 2007 and remained until 2019.

As an Educator Louisa was past President of the Administrators Union and until her death, Louisa was President of the Villager Pond Condo Association where she labored daily.

Published by Stamford Advocate & The Hour & Connecticut Post from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2021.