WRENTHAM — The King Philip Regional School District announces Superintendent Paul Zinni’s planned retirement at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year following his impactful 36-year career in education.
Effective July 1, 2023, Superintendent Zinni will retire from the King Philip Regional School District after serving as its Superintendent since July 2018.
During his impressive 36-year career in education, he has held the positions of an elementary school teacher, special education teacher and secondary mathematics teacher. He has most recently served in administrator capacities for the past 27 years in the roles of principal, Title 1 Director, Director of Pupil Services, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.
Superintendent Zinni began his career in education in 1987 at the Walker Elementary School in Taunton. At Walker Elementary, he served as a Substantially Separate Classroom Teacher for students with learning disabilities in second to fourth grade.
His experience in Taunton culminated with the position of Title 1 Director before he joined the Avon school district in 2001. In Avon, Zinni worked as a Director of Pupil Services/Assistant Superintendent before assuming the role of Superintendent in 2013. He served in Avon as the Superintendent until he became King Philip’s Superintendent in 2018.
Superintendent Zinni has also served as a private education consultant and adjunct professor/guest lecturer at Lesley University, Bridgewater State University and Stonehill College.
Superintendent Zinni has held numerous leadership positions in state, national and international education organizations including: the Council for Exceptional Children, CEC; the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children, MCEC; Phi Delta Kappa, PDK; the National Superintendents Roundtable; and the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA).
In Spring 2022, Superintendent Zinni was recognized with the NAFEPA State Leadership Award at a NAFEPA Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes individuals who have assumed significant roles in the support and promotion of activities and goals of the NAFEPA.
Superintendent Zinni is one of only three educators in Massachusetts who have received this award twice. He previously received the award in 2000. He was nominated for the award by the Massachusetts NAFEPA chapter, the Council of Administrators of Compensatory Education (CACE). Superintendent Zinni, a longtime member of NAFEPA, has served on the Board of Directors for almost 25 years. During his time on the board, he’s served on just about every committee including the membership, conference, communications, by-laws, and policy and advocacy committees.
Superintendent Zinni holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from Bridgewater State University, a master’s degree in education from Lesley University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bridgewater State University. He also holds numerous certifications in education.
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work in the education field for the past 36 years as I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing individuals and meet some exceptional students,” Superintendent Zinni said. “I would like to thank the King Philip community for allowing me to lead the district over the past several years and for the relationships I’ve made here. I look forward to having a great rest of the school year to kick off the start of my retirement.”
Superintendent Zinni grew up in Somerset and is a graduate of Somerset High School. He now resides in Wareham with his wife, Catherine, who has been in the education field for 35 years and currently serves as the Special Education Director of Barnstable Public Schools. Together, they have two children, Nicholas and Alexandra, who are all grown up, successful and on their own.