PLYMOUTH - Starting next school year, the new principal of Fisher Elementary School will be Kim Loveland.
Superintendent Martin Semmel introduced Loveland at a recent Board of Education meeting.
Loveland is currently principal of Waddell Elementary School in Manchester, where she has been for the past three years. Previously she was a math supervisor in the Suffield schools, and a math teacher in Glastonbury and at the Pathways to Technology Magnet School in Bloomfield. She received her undergraduate education at Central Connecticut State University and did her graduate work at UConn.
She starts at Fisher July 1, replacing Phyllis Worhunsky.
“Ms. Loveland has held a variety of positions in different school districts around the state. She has been a high school math teacher, she has been a K-12 curriculum coordinator,” Semmel said.
Semmel read comments from Manchester Superintendent Matthew Geary. “He says ‘I have found Ms. Loveland to be an intelligent, thoughtful, articulate and dedicated school leader who is committed to helping all students be successful. In her time in Manchester Ms. Loveland has proven to be a very talented, versatile and reflective educator with a deep understanding of best instructional practice and strong ability to create change that leads to improvement and results.’”
“Certainly during the interview process we found Ms. Loveland to have a clear set of skills and dedication to build upon the great work that has been occurring at Fisher Elementary School in a thoughtful and collaborative manner,” Semmel continued. “Although we will be missing Ms. Worhunsky, and the shoes that Ms. Worhunsky is leaving to be filled are large, I’m excited that we could find such a terrific person to fill those shoes.”
Loveland also spoke during the meeting.
“I’m really, really excited to join this team,” Loveland said. “I have spent a couple of minutes with Phyllis today and I got to tour the school. I can see the commitment of the teachers, of the families, of the community. I’m really invested in the school and seeing it through to the next phases of greatness.”
Semmel explained that the search for the new Fisher principal was a rigorous one, involving parents, staff members, district leadership members, and Plymouth Center Elementary School Principal Chrystal Collins as part of the interview process of a large pool of candidates, he said. “The full Board of Education had the chance to meet the finalists.”
“Principals of our buildings are really important members of our staff. They set the expectations, they drive school improvement, they establish the culture of our buildings,” he said.
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