New principal at Timothy Edwards Middle School
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
Nancy Larson has recently been named the new principal at Timothy Edwards Middle School. She has been working in this position since Monday, Nov. 5, and was officially appointed at the Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
“Nancy is an admirable educator who has served South Windsor schools for the past 28 years,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kate Carter. “She has successfully held the positions of elementary school teacher, middle school history teacher, associate principal and interim principal. All of these experiences provide Nancy with a foundation for success, as she is extremely knowledgeable of South Windsor's curriculum, is a highly regarded member of the administration, and most importantly, has been a key player in TE's success as a middle school.”
Larson began her career teaching at the elementary school level at Philip R. Smith, teaching grades three and five. In 2000, she came to Timothy Edwards, where she taught sixth grade ancient history, and was a team leader. She went on to get her certification in Educational Leadership. In 2008 she became associate principal at Timothy Edwards.
From December to June of this year, she served as the interim principal at Philip R. Smith Elementary School. After, she felt drawn back to Timothy Edwards. “It was my decision to come back to Timothy Edwards because that's really where my heart lies,” said Larson in a phone interview. “It's working with students of this age level that drives me.”
Upon her return, she resumed her position as associate principal. When former Timothy Edwards Principal Kristin Heckt recently departed to assume the role of superintendent of Bolton public schools, Larson applied for the position of principal. After presenting references and interviewing with the BOE and the South Windsor public schools central office, she was given the position.
Larson believes her experience as both a principal and an associate principal will enable her to be successful in her current position. In these prior roles, she was able to facilitate professional learning communities for teachers. She worked with teachers to analyze data to determine areas of strength and areas for improvement, and she helped create opportunities for behavioral and academic intervention. She strove to benefit student learning through collaborative efforts of the entire school community. “I worked with allowing all of the stakeholders – parents, certified and non-certified staff – to work together to promote success in our students,” Larson said.
As schools across Connecticut prepare to shift their curriculum in accordance with Common Core State Standards, Larson will continue Timothy Edwards’ efforts.
“We're working very hard to make sure that our curriculum is aligned with Common Core standards,” Larson said. “We are preparing for the Smarter Balance Assessment, which is coming ahead.” Currently, Connecticut Mastery Tests, or CMTs, are used to evaluate students. Following the implementation of Common Core standards, the Smarter Balance Assessments will replace CMTs. The final CMT will be administered this March.
To implement these new standards, teachers from each subject discipline will work together in professional learning communities and look at curriculum, and decide on how best to adjust it. Larson will work with curriculum specialists and teachers to support their efforts.
Larson is excited to take the helm at Timothy Edwards. “We have amazing kids, supportive parents, a very dedicated staff committed to making great things happen here at TE,” she said. “I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead here, and I'm honored to serve the families of this community.”