Dr. Joseph Erardi

Special Senior Advisor & Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Joseph Erardi was the superintendent of schools for Newtown, CT from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure, he was recognized as CT’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year, the CT PTA 2016 Superintendent of the Year, and Central CT State University 2017 Administrator of the Year, and chosen as an American Association School Administrator executive officer representing superintendents across the country. Moreover, he recaptured trust, dignity, and pride for a district that experienced the worst tragedy in U.S. public school history. Earlier in his career, he served as superintendent for three other Connecticut districts and administrator for three different schools. He began his career as an educator for the Manchester Public Schools in Connecticut. He has received numerous awards for his educational leadership. Dr. Erardi earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford, a Master’s in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Central Connecticut State College.

With 40 years of experience, he has made it his mission to make an impactful difference in the lives of children attending school.  Dr. Erardi speaks to education based professionals across the country on the topics of school safety and best practices regarding school security.  We are very excited to have Dr. Erardi as a valuable member of our team and for his guidance which lead us to join the AASA, in hopes of helping school district administrators across the country protect their students and staff when time equals lives!