Rosemary Keilty plans her future away from NCES

North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty will retire at the end of this school year. An alumna of the school, she has been employed there for 37 years. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

NORTH CANAAN — Among the items in her bag of “gifts,” North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty has an exceptional one: She can almost magically see potential in anyone and anything. 

That’s what makes her able to see the beauty in discarded chairs and a battered desk -— like the cast-offs in her office, which she painted and decorated so exquisitely that there is going to be a fight to see who gets them when she retires. 

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