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(Hartford, Conn.) On Monday, May 15, 2023, CREC officially announced the hiring of Miguel Pabon as Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services for CREC Magnet Schools, effective July 2023. Pabon leaves his current role as Director of Pupil Services for Waterbury Public Schools to re-join CREC.

“Miguel Pabon is a great hire for CREC. With previous experience working for CREC, he understands the complexity of providing students services in a magnet school environment,” said Timothy J. Sullivan Jr., Superintendent of CREC Magnet Schools. “He knows that building strong relationships with our sending districts is critical to our success. Miguel has spent his career advocating for students and families, we are happy to have him leading that effort in our schools and programs.”

Pabon will replace Carole Kerkin, who is retiring from the same position at the end of the school year.

“The departure of Carole Kerkin leaves us with big shoes to fill,” said Sullivan. “Carole was relentless in efforts to support our students and make sure that every child was given the opportunity to be successful.”

Kerkin has served CREC in many roles for over 20 years, including time as Assistant Director of both CREC Student Services and the Hartford Region Open Choice Program.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Pabon has lived in Connecticut the majority of his life and is a product of an urban public school education. He is bilingual/bicultural and has dedicated his professional career of over 25 years to working in urban education. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and Master’s degree from Northeastern University, he worked as a bilingual school psychologist for Hartford Public Schools for nine years.

Miguel earned his sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University and has held a variety of leadership positions in several school districts, including previous time with CREC, Hartford, Windham, and Waterbury.


The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings over five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non- profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools and two magnet programs. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at