WRENTHAM – The King Philip Regional School District announces the planned retirement of Superintendent Paul Zinni at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year after an impressive 36-year career in education.
Effective July 1, 2023, Superintendent Zinni will retire from the King Philip Regional School District, having served as Superintendent since July 2018.
During his impressive 36-year career in education, he has held the positions of primary school teacher, special education teacher and secondary mathematics teacher. Most recently, he has served in administrative capacities in the roles of Principal, Title 1 Principal, Director of Student Services, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for the past 27 years.
Superintendent Zinni began his teaching career in 1987 at Walker Elementary School in Taunton. At Walker Elementary, he served as a teacher for essentially separate classes for students with learning disabilities in second through fourth grade.
His experience at Taunton culminated in the position of Title 1 Principal before joining the Avon School District in 2001. At Avon, Zinni worked as Director of Student Services/Assistant Superintendent before taking on the role of Superintendent in 2013. He served at Avon as the Superintendent until becoming King Philip’s Superintendent in 2018.
Superintendent Zinni has also served as a private education consultant and Associate Professor/Visiting Lecturer at Lesley University, Bridgewater State University and Stonehill College.
Superintendent Zinni has held numerous leadership positions in state, national and international educational 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 the spring of 2022, Superintendent Zinni was presented with the NAFEPA State Leadership Award at a NAFEPA awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The award recognizes individuals who have taken a significant role in supporting and promoting NAFEPA’s activities and goals.
Superintendent Zinni is one of only three educators in Massachusetts to 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 for nearly 25 years. During his time on the Board, he has served on almost every committee, including membership, conference, communications, bylaws, 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 educational certifications.
“It has been my pleasure and privilege to work in education for the past 36 years as I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing individuals and meet some exceptional students,” said Superintendent Zinni. “I would like to thank the King Philip Community for allowing me to lead the district over the past few years and for the relationships I have formed here. I’m looking forward to a great rest of the school year to start my retirement.”
Superintendent Zinni grew up in Somerset and graduated from Somerset High School. He now lives in Wareham with his wife Catherine, who has been in education for 35 years and currently serves as Director of Special Education at Barnstable Public Schools. Together they have two children, Nicholas and Alexandra, who are all grown, successful and independent.