2017-07-05 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Wells Elementary gets new leadership

By DINA MENDROS
Associate Editor

WELLS — This fall, students attending Wells Elementary School will see a new face. As of today, April Noble is the school’s new principal. The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District School Committee approved her appointment on June 21.

Noble was chosen because “we were looking for an experience(d) elementary school principal with a proven track record,” Superintendent of Schools James Daly said in an email on Monday. “She has a tremendous reputation as an instructional leader.” 

Noble replaces Chris Roche who was WES principal for just one year. Daly said Roche accepted a position in Connecticut to be closer to family.

In accepting the WES principal position, Noble is leaving Village Elementary School in York where she was principal for seven years. Noble began her career teaching grades one and two, which she did for nine years. “Then I transitioned to be a literacy coach,” she said, and did that for nine years also.

Her position as principal in York was the first administration position for the Limington education who is marred with two daughters.

She is looking forward to moving to WES, Noble said, not only because will it cut 20 minutes from her travel time each way, allowing her more time with her family, but also because she looks forward to forming “deeper connections with kids and families” who go to the school.

At the Wells school, Noble will follow students’ careers for up to five years rather than just two. Village Elementary teaches first- and second-grade students; WES includes grades Kindergarten through grade four. She said she believes that spending more years with students will allow her to form closer relationships with them.

The “curb appeal” of WES and the other nearby schools was another factor in her decision to accept the Wells principal position, said Noble. “Obviously the town cares a lot about their schools.”

When she arrives at Wells, Noble said, “I want to sit back and learn about the culture ... meet with teachers.”

When she gets a handle on that, Noble said one of the issues she can be of most help to the school is with their curriculum and providing guidance to teachers in “aligning curriculums through the different grades.”

According to a WOCSD press release, Noble, who was selected from a field of five candidates because she demonstrated the attributes the Wells Elementary School community was looking for. These include: being an innovative and intuitive leader with a primary focus on the whole child; having a collaborative and distributive leadership style; possessing a dedication to positive school culture and core values; understanding the value of parents as partners; expertise as an instructional leader with a deep understanding of current standards, assessment processes and the use of data; and experience with the implementation of technology into curriculum as a tool and resource.

“We are looking for great things at Wells Elementary School under the leadership of Ms. Noble,” Daly said. “She is team-oriented and is looking forward to working, collaborating, and meeting with all school stakeholders.

Noble attended the University of Maine-Farmington graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education. She attained her master’s degree in education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Southern Maine.

— Associate Editor Dina Mendros can be reached at 282-1535, ext. 324 or dmendros@journaltribune.com.

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