Colchester Board of Education announces new principal of CES

By Colchester schools
Colchester - posted Tue., Jun. 4, 2013
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At a recent Board of Education meeting, Anne Watson was named Colchester Elementary School's new principal. With 13 years' experience as an elementary school administrator and eight years of elementary teaching experience, Watson has a deep understanding of and appreciation for the importance of building strong educational foundations for all children.

Jeffry Mathieu, Colchester's superintendent of schools, spoke highly of Watson.  “I am delighted to announce that Anne Watson will be joining our amazing administrator team and will be the new instructional leader of Colchester Elementary School,” he said. “CES is a special school with numerous outstanding qualities which will be a perfect fit with Anne’s extensive background as an experienced administrator and former first- and second-grade teacher.”

An alumna of Trinity College, with graduate degrees in educational leadership and instructional technology, Watson is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Hartford. She has served as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph College and the University of New Hampshire.

When asked what the new principal of Colchester Elementary School should do, first-grader Sam Salemi said, "She should set the rules and help kids learn. She should also be kind to kids and teachers and kind to everyone." His expectations will no doubt be fulfilled by Watson, who is excited about working with Colchester's youngest students.

Susie Hawkins, a first-grade teacher, said, "I am impressed with all of Anne's experiences as an educator. Not only has she been an elementary school principal for many years, but she's also been an assistant principal and a teacher of young children.”

Megin Sechen, a kindergarten teacher, agreed, saying, "Our committee set out to hire a charismatic leader who believes in the importance of academic and social-emotional learning at the earliest grades. We have found that in Anne Watson.”

The principal selection process was rigorous, including interviews by a committee of parents and staff members and a site visit to the school where she is currently a principal, Thompson Brook School in Avon. Watson spent an afternoon in Colchester, touring CES and meeting with faculty, students and families. She then made a presentation and had her final interview with the Board of Education, before being offered a contract by Mathieu.

Throughout the process, Watson's knowledge and drive were apparent. Her understanding of Colchester's educational priorities was well-captured when she said, "As a principal in Colchester, I will honor the solid community foundation upon which the system is built and move the district further along the continuum of excellence."

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