HRH conducts focus groups for new HRH Principal and Vice-Principal

Led in part by Revere Public School Committee student representative Elni De Jesus, Revere High School held several focus groups with staff, parents and students in late March to find out what they are looking for in a new HRH Director and Deputy Director.

Last month, HRH Principal Dr. John Perella and Vice-Principal Leah Tuckman both tendered their resignations to school superintendent Dr. Dianne Kelly, leaving a void in high school leadership for the year. school year 2022/2023.

De Jesus worked with school administrators to help foster the process of finding replacements for Perella and Tuckman.

At the last school committee, Dr. Kelly presented De Jesus’ data that she compiled from the focus groups. De Jesus was not present because last week was school vacation week.

In his report, De Jesus said data collected so far from ERS staff and the student focus group revealed that staff and students are looking for a new principal and vice principal whose characteristics include empathy and flexibility. Someone who has experience in competency-based learning and performance and deviation assessment.

They also want someone who is a good communicator and responds to emails in a timely manner.

De Jesus said the focus group was also looking for someone who was hard working and had good organizational skills, understood the social emotional needs of students and adults, noticed the difference between a big problem and a small problem, was direct and honest and had extensive knowledge. critical thinking skills.

During the parent focus group, De Jesus said parents were looking for someone who would enforce the dress code, enforce the HRH code of conduct and someone who would be fair but firm.

Parents also want an HRH principal and deputy principal who plan more community events and engage families and students in decision-making. “All of these traits are important to everyone and all of this information will be shared with the community on our website,” Dr. Kelly said. “We have also engaged the Colin Center to help us with this research and they will be doing a second round of surveys and focus groups with teachers, students and parents and I will have more information on this.

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