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Community forum scheduled to meet finalists for Highland-Goffe's Falls principal

posted Jun 11, 2014, 9:05 AM by Communications Coordinator   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 1:51 PM ]
Superintendent Debra Livingston has announced that two candidates have been selected as finalists for the principal position at Highland-Goffe’s Falls Elementary School. Jennifer Gillis, assistant principal at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown, and Susan Matthews, assistant principal at Hooksett Memorial School, will be at Highland-Goffe’s Falls from 6:00 to 7:15 PM on Monday, June 16, to meet and talk with teachers, staff, parents, and members of the community. The public is encouraged to attend the event and provide feedback on the candidates.

Gillis has more than a decade of experience teaching, mentoring, coaching and advocating for students. She has a strong passion for cultivating positive and safe learning environments. In her current role at Mountain View Middle School, she has cultivated strong partnerships in the community in order to promote student growth and school safety.  Gillis also has served as a special education administrator.  In these roles she has consistently supported teachers and staff in the areas of curriculum, special education, emotional/behavioral supports, and self-reflective practice. Gillis earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Endicott College; a Master of Business Administration degree, with a focus on leadership, from Franklin Pierce College; a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in the area of educational leadership from Plymouth State University; and is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Education in the area of educational leadership from Plymouth State University. 

As an instructional leader, Matthews has been dedicated to helping students learn and succeed, and in supporting teachers to grow professionally.  She has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. Matthews also previously served as language arts coordinator for the Merrimack School District. There, she worked to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment in reading and writing. In Hooksett, she is currently working collaboratively with teachers to meet the needs of all learners in reading, writing, and math instruction.  As an administrator, Matthews has cultivated a mutual partnership of respect and collaboration between parents and staff to promote the social, emotional, and academic welfare of students. Matthews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Salem State University in Salem, MA, a Master of Education Degree from Rivier University in Nashua, NH, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.        

An interview panel, made up of teachers, staff and community members, including a parent, chose these two finalists from a group of seven out of an original pool of 36 applicants.Dr. Livingston intends to recommend one candidate to the Board of School Committee in the next few weeks.