NEWINGTON -- Elizabeth Green Elementary School has a new leader.

James Marciano took over Tuesday as the new principal at the pre-kindergarten-to-fourth-grade school, according to Superintendent of Schools William C. Collins.

"We're excited to have him aboard," Collins said. "The teachers (at Elizabeth Green) absolutely loved him."

Marciano replaces Jennifer Michno, who left the school at year's end to take a position at the University of Connecticut, Collins said. She led the school for about three years, he said.

The district was impressed with Marciano's credentials and experience, especially his three years as an assistant elementary school principal in Stratford, Collins said.

The district's selection process for administrators is rigorous and comprehensive, including a mock teacher evaluation and input from parents, staff, administrators and others, Collins said. Marciano aced the process, he said.

"Mr. Marciano's knowledge of elementary school student needs, instructional leadership, outstanding communication skills, and strong commitment to elementary school age students will be valuable in his transition to Newington," Collins said.

Marciano has a bachelor's of science degree in community and clinical psychology and a masters degree in education, both from the University of New Haven. He earned his 6-year degree in Educational Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University.

Marciano could not be reached for comment Tuesday.