Webster new asst. principal at Conners Emerson

BAR HARBOR — Heather Webster, principal at the Swans Island Elementary School and Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Island, has been hired as assistant principal at Conners Emerson School here. The current assistant principal, Gloria Delsandro, has been hired as principal of Mount Desert Elementary School.

The School Board approved Webster’s contract at a meeting Monday.

A hiring committee to select an assistant principal included Principal Barb Neilly, teachers, a school guidance counselor and representatives from the school board, community and school support staff.

They reviewed 20 applications for the position. Webster’s contract is for two years, with an annual salary of $75,480.

Webster lives in Bar Harbor with her husband, Chris, and children, Molly (10) and Max (3). She grew up in New Hampshire and went to high school in Camden. She taught at Hancock Grammar School before taking time off to start a family and go back to school. She holds a master’s degree from Drexel University and is working on a doctorate in education from Northeastern University.

“The board is really happy to have Heather, a local Bar Harbor community member, join the team,” board Chair Kristi Losquadro said.

Webster said she has loved working at Swans, where the principal position is three days per week, and the Cranberries, also part time.

“It was a really hard decision because I really do love the outer islands,” she said. “They are fantastic communities, very supportive of the schools. The school boards and teachers are great. And I’ll definitely miss the kids, that’s for sure!”

The opportunity to work in Bar Harbor was attractive, she said, because her own kids are students here and she feels invested in the school. “I know most of the students and have had good experiences with the teachers. It seemed like it would be a great fit.”

She also looks forward to working with Neilly. “We have worked together on the administrative team for the district, and I’ve always admired her leadership skills. I thought we could work really well together.”

“I am thrilled to have Heather join our staff,” Neilly said. “She will bring her knowledge of curriculum and planning to the school, as well as her wealth of experience. It’s going to be a great year.”

Webster’s contract begins July 1, and she will be at school beginning Aug. 1, she said. Over the summer, she also will help the teachers and staff on the Cranberry Isles move from the Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry to the Longfellow School on Great Cranberry for the coming year.

The school district is advertising for the principal positions at Swans Island and Longfellow, Superintendent Howard Coulter said.

Reporter Dick Broom contributed to this story.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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