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New Principal Appointed to Head McNeil Preschool Academy

September 25, 2017 02:07 PM
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Today, President Hopkins announced the appointment of Mrs. Sherry Hughes as the new principal of the James L. & Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy.  She will join the management team on Monday, October 9.  Mrs. Hughes has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and over 15 years of professional experience in the early care and education field.  She formerly worked as a preschool education coordinator, a Head Start teacher, and most recently as a preschool director. 

The appointment follows the recommendation of a search committee formed by the president this summer to conduct a national search for a permanent principal for the academy.  The committee, led by McNeil preschool academy parent Therese Nsekela, included parents Rachel Dexter and Shonte Taylor-Fuller, along with Interim Assistant Principal Derrick Vanover, and trustees Elizabeth Partoyan and Wayne Wright.  The committee received 39 applications for the position; conducted telephone interviews with five candidates and held face-to-face interviews with three finalists.  In appointing Mrs. Hughes, President Hopkins accepted the unanimous choice of the committee. 

"We are grateful to the committee for their hard work this past summer," said President J. Glenn Hopkins, in announcing the appointment.  "They worked very hard to find the best person to lead the academy moving forward.  Mrs. Hughes has considerable professional experience in the field, is a strong advocate for parental engagement and staff professional development, and is committed to the very highest quality of care and education for young children. I think she will be a terrific academy principal." 

Interim Principal Donnette Williams will assist in the transition before she leaves the academy in October.  "We are grateful to Mrs. Williams for helping to maintain the academy while the search for a permanent principal was underway," said Hopkins.  "She has always been ready and eager to help whenever Hopkins House has called."
 
 

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