Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday marks the end of my tenure as principal of Mansfield High School. Per usual, I still feel like I have a zillion things on my "to do" list before I leave. I guess the more things change...
I leave this school community with a sense of gratitude for serving as its principal. There is a strong sense of pride over so many programs- and there should be. I am proud that I worked with an outstanding professional and support staff. The past few years have been so challenging, with increased enrollment and numerous staff cuts. Nonetheless, our students still have received a high-quality education and have achieved at the highest levels. MHS' teachers are the heart and soul this school and that will never change.
I also appreciated the support of parents who pushed me to be a better principal. I had the pleasure of working with bright, personable individuals who strived to stay abreast of current research and best practices in education so MHS could continuously improve. For that, I was blessed.
I thank my administrative team, assistant principals Mike Connolly, Dave Farinella, and Dawn Stockwell for their support and collegiality. Having a cohesive team is integral to having a smooth running school, and these three have always shown nothing but professionalism and loyalty to MHS. I am a richer person for working with them.
Most of all, I will miss the students of MHS. It's not exactly a military secret that being a high school principal can, at times, be a stressful job. The times that always brought a smile to my face were when I was in a "kid's world," i.e., sitting in a class, watching any of our music groups perform, or being at an athletic event. There was no stress here- only joy. I will miss MHS students and their character and passion they bring to just about all things in our school.
So I leave.... a little nervous but also with excitement as I take on my new professional challenge as the Superintendent of Schools of the Mendon Upton Regional School District. I invite you to stay in touch, as I will continue blogging, this time reporting the news of a new district but also commenting on other larger (dare I say relevant?) topics affecting schools.
Perhaps I should not say "farewell" here. Instead, let me close borrowing a phrase I learned earlier this year... À Bientôt, mes amis.
See you soon, my friends...