New Canaanite Stephen V. Falcone was unanimously elected as the new superintendent of schools in Darien last week.

Current Superintendent Donald Fiftal announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year, and will officially step down on June 30. Falcone has worked for the district on and off for more than a decade, and is currently the assistant superintendent of secondary education. He assume his new role on July 1.

Falcone began his teaching career at Canterbury School in New Milford, where he was also the assistant director of admissions and was later appointed director of development, according to Board Member Clara Sartori, who headed the search for the new superintendent.

Falcone came to Darien High School in the 1990s as a history and social studies teacher, and was named assistant principal of Darien High School in 1998. He left the district in 2001 to become principal of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., before returning in 2005 to assume his current position.

"I whole-heartedly support the election of Dr. Falcone as superintendent of schools," said Board Chairman Kimberly Westcott.

"This is an exciting time for Darien. Dr. Falcone is a person of the highest integrity, with whom I look forward to working," Westcott said.

Several other members of the Board of Education also spoke in favor of naming Falcone as the new superintendent; a common theme that came up was Falcone's intellectual approach to learning and his integrity.

Falcone has a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College, a master's in liberal studies with a concentration in social studies from Wesleyan University, a C.A.S. in education administration from Sacred Heart University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut.