Pinho, 50, begins her new job next week, replacing Andrew Komar, who resigned earlier this year.
Pinho, who was welcomed by the Region 14 Board of Education Tuesday, began her career as a kindergarten teacher and spent 11 years at the Rotella Inter-District Magnet School in Waterbury where she was named teacher of the year in 2011.
In 2016, she became the teaching vice principal at Washington Elementary School in Waterbury. She was then promoted to supervising vice principal at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in the city that same year before being hired for the same position at Waterbury’s Driggs Elementary School in 2018.
Acting Superintendent of Schools Wayne McAllister said Pinho was selected from a list of 36 candidates and was chosen for her passion for academics and building relationships, as well as her affinity for volunteerism.
McAllister said Pinho, as supervising vice principal, was responsible for the staff evaluations and student discipline.
Pinho is a past president of the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, has served as a board member of Waterbury Youth Services and started a nonprofit foundation called Waterbury Reads Story Mobile. She currently serves on the executive board of the Naugatuck Exchange Club, which raises money for the prevention of child abuse.
Pinho attended Tuesday’s meeting along with a large group of family and friends who came in her support.
“I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to being in Region 14 for many years,” Pinho told the board.
McAllister said Pinho was chosen by a 12-person committee made up of teachers, parents, school board members and administrators.
Pinho, who grew up in Waterbury, said she comes from a family of educators, including her mother who was a longtime school secretary.