Sibani Sengupta, Ph.D. has been named our new assistant principal. Formerly a research scientist, she left that career to become an educator, teaching high school science. In 2003, she joined the Academy’s faculty, served as chair of the Science Department for six years and, in 2014, was named dean of academic affairs.
Sibani earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Calcutta, India and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Connecticut and has done post-doctoral work at the Center for Vascular Biology at UConn Health Center. During her tenure as an administrator at Sacred Heart Academy, she also earned a graduate certificate in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University. In addition to now serving as assistant principal, she will continue to teach Human Gene Discovery and Honors Biotech Research.
Sibani has numerous teaching awards to her credit, including the 2014-2015 Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Level Exemplary Educator of the Year. This award recognizes educators who have demonstrated excellence in education; involvement with students, staff, and parents in and out of the classroom; and leadership in their profession. That same year, she was the recipient of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Hero Award which honors teachers for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to students. In 2010, she was the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Connecticut and was selected by The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain as the recipient of the Alma Exley Scholarship Award, which recognizes teachers of color who show strong classroom teaching dedication.
In 2013, Sibani’s article “Bringing RNA Interference (RNAi) into the High School Classroom,” was selected for publication in the “How to Do It” section of the November/December issue of American Biology Teacher. This article, which concentrates on NA interference, presents a teaching module that can help high school students experience this unique regulatory mechanism.
Dr. Sengupta and her husband, Tapas Bandyopadhyay, M.D., are the proud parents of Mitali ’16 and Ronit.