STAMFORD, Vt. -- The local board of School Directors will meet today to begin the search for a new Stamford Elementary School principal.
Principal Beth Choquette announced her resignation late last week after accepting a principal position at Bridge Street Elementary School in Northampton, Mass. She is expected to begin her duties at the school July 2.
Choquette said Tuesday that while she is excited about taking the helm of a larger school, she will miss Stamford and the great relationships she has forged with the students and staff.
"It was my first principalship, and I was there for six years," she said. "It's difficult leaving, but it's what I need to do as far as my career goes."
Her career goal has been to lead a larger school, and then someday become a superintendent, she said.
"I just felt the time was right to take the next step to a larger school," she said.
The Bridge Street Ele mentary School has about 300 students in preschool through grade five.
Choquette, 40, said she learned she had been named principal of the school June 9, about an hour before eighth-grade graduation at Stamford Elementary School.
"It was a little emotional that night. At that point, nobody else knew I had gotten the job but me," she said.
Cynthia Lamore, chairwoman of the School Directors, said that Choquette formally notified that board of her resignation at its regular meeting June 14.
"We've very happy for Beth getting a new position. It's a great chance for advancement for her," she said.
Choquette said she plans to continue living in Stamford for the time being and commute to Northampton. One thing about working in Northampton is it will put her closer to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was accepted as a doctoral candidate in April, she said. She will start her doctorate in educational policy and leadership in the fall, and she hopes to complete it in three to four years, she said.
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