Jennifer Albert Perry is new PVRS assistant principal


  • Pioneer Valley Regional School. ANDY CASTILLO

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/3/2016 9:59:15 PM

NORTHFIELD — As of Monday, Jennifer Albert Perry started work in her new position as the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s assistant principal.

Albert Perry, 36, of Florence, is replacing former assistant principal Mike Duprey, who announced his resignation in May.

Pioneer Principal Jean Bacon officially offered Albert Perry the position on July 18 following a series of interviews with 12 candidates.

“She brought a lot to the table,” Bacon said of Albert Perry, who she described as having a deep level of diverse experience in education, curriculum development and working with faculty.

“I think (involving staff from diverse backgrounds) makes for a richer team,” she continued. Albert Perry also had the broadest support among students, faculty and parents, Bacon added.

Students, faculty and parents had the opportunity to meet the 12 candidates and pose questions about topics that were important to them, a process which Bacon said benefits both members of the school community and the candidates, who get to know one another over the course of the interviews. Albert Perry was involved in three separate interviews, and was chosen from four finalists.

Albert Perry said she was attracted to the school’s community feel.

“I came away (from the interviews) with the sense that this is a family,” she said, adding that the school seemed like a natural fit for her.

Albert Perry received her bachelor’s degree in English and history, with a concentration in education, from Kalamazoo College in 2002. She also received two master’s degrees: one in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University in 2007, and another in school leadership from American International College in 2015.

From 2008 to 2012, Albert Perry held two different teaching positions within the New York City Public School District at P.S./I.S. 50 Vito Marcantonio School and at The Facing History School. From 2012 to recently, she taught at Dupont Middle School in Chicopee. She has experience teaching English, social studies and humanities.

Albert Perry said she appreciated having positive role models — her own teachers — while she was growing up in Gibraltar, Mich., and that her goal as a teacher has been to provide a safe, consistent learning environment, especially for children in low-income areas. But, Albert Perry was always interested in acquiring a position of leadership.

“As a teacher, I didn’t want to be just a teacher,” she said. “I wanted to be a leader.”

In high school, Albert Perry remembers wanting to be a guidance counselor.

“I had a really significant experience with my guidance counselor, who was one of those people that brought me into the school and made me want to be there every day,” she said. “I think what I really desired was that one-on-one, helping students through their problems.”

Albert Perry said she is excited to transition from being a teacher to being an assistant principal as it will allow her to put her enthusiasm about education to good use, put some of her ideas into place and build personal relationships with students.

Though Albert Perry said she has a lot to learn about the school and the community before implementing any changes, she’s been working to integrate the school’s new resource officer, Igor Komerzan, and to review the student handbook to decide if it’s comprehensive for what students and teachers need.

Albert Perry and Bacon said they have a lot of ideas for the school, and hope to have a five-year plan in place by the end of October.

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