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Breakthrough Education Strategies
John P. Tarnuzzer, Managing Partner
John Tarnuzzer is a man on a mission. As co-founder of Breakthrough Education Strategies, he has leveraged over 30 years of experience at nearly every level of public education to deliver and replicate a school transformation model that will equip all kids with the skills necessary to compete and succeed in a global economy. He is absolutely driven to give educators the tools to embrace change and transform “the way we do school.”

Prior to founding BES, he served for six years as the assistant superintendent at the Connecticut State Department of Education for the Technical High School System where he focused on new and emerging technology integration as well as the development and implementation of administrative leadership appraisal systems. Previously as the director of E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain Connecticut, he grew enrollment by over 40% as he led the development of technology offerings. Before that he was an English teacher and then assistant director at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford. John began his career in education in 1974 as a teacher and group leader at The Long Lane School, a maximum security facility housing teenage youth.

John received his Educational Leadership certification through the University of Connecticut’s Danforth Fellowship Program in 1997. He received his M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Central Connecticut State University in 1984, and his B.S. in English from Southern Connecticut State University in 1972.

A collegiate lacrosse player for Southern Connecticut, John continues to remain intricately involved in athletics and the significant role they play in the development of our children. He has coached youth lacrosse and hockey at local, state and regional levels, as well as led various athletic organizations and conferences. He continues to serve as commissioner for the Central Connecticut Conference, the largest governing body for inter-scholastic athletic activities in Connecticut.

John has also led and participated in numerous state-wide and regional committees and organizations including the Connecticut Association of Schools, the Technology Standards Committee, and more. A six-year term commission member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, he continues to chair accreditation reviews across the region.

John resides with his wife Angela in West Hartford, Connecticut. Their son John is currently a junior at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling New York, while their elder son Mark is a media planner for CNN in Manhattan.