Weston school board appoints new middle school principal

AMY WATKINSWeston has a new school principal.

This week, the school board announced it has appointed Amy Watkins as the new Weston Middle School principal. Ms. Watkins will replace Kenneth Craw, who begins his new position in Weston as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction July 1.

“I am excited to welcome Amy to our Weston team, and I am confident that under her leadership, Weston Middle School will continue to flourish for many years to come,” said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of Weston schools.

Lewis Brey, the school district’s director of human resources, said Ms. Watkins was chosen from a large pool of applicants from across the Northeast.

She is currently the principal at Somers Middle School in Somers, N.Y., and she is an adjunct graduate school professor at Manhattanville College. Prior to her position in Somers, she was the assistant principal and then principal at Ardsley Middle School in Ardsley, N.Y. Ms. Watkins was also a sixth grade house principal in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Before becoming a school administrator, Ms. Watkins was a technology teacher in the Arlington Central School District in Dutchess County, N.Y.

“Ms. Watkins also brings a great deal of knowledge in curriculum and instruction, and has tremendous experience maximizing educational technology tools to enhance the instructional experience for middle school students,” Mr. Brey said in a press release issued on behalf of the Weston school district.

Ms. Watkins is no stranger to Weston. She has visited the district as part of the Tri-State Consortium, which assesses and evaluates member school districts in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Watkins is also a member of Tri-State’s Middle Level Leadership Principal’s Group on Understanding 21st Century Skills.

Ms. Watkins has a master’s degree in special education from Western Connecticut State University, an Administrative Certificate from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Ms. Watkins is a doctoral candidate at Manhattanville College, focusing her dissertation studies on the use of online media to deliver professional development for teachers.

“Ms. Watkins’ depth of expertise and experience provide a solid foundation of educational leadership to further the mission of the Weston Middle School as it prepares its students for the 21st Century,” Mr. Brey said.

Read more about Ms. Watkins and the search process in next week’s July 5 edition of The Weston Forum.

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