Newest principal to lead 3 schools

McAloon head Greenfield, Hancock, Francestown

Three new principals will be on duty Thursday when students get off the buses for the first day of school in the ConVal School District.

The most recent addition is Noreen McAloon, who was officially hired by the School Board at a meeting last week. She will be the principal in charge of three elementary schools — Greenfield, Francestown and Hancock. She’ll be replacing Tim Iwanowicz, who will be returning to the classroom as a fourth-grade teacher at Greenfield Elementary School.

McAloon most recently spent four years as principal at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School. Prior to that she was principal at Mason Elementary School and Greenville Elementary School in the Mascenic School District, in a role similar to what she’ll be doing for the ConVal district.

“I loved being principal of those two community schools,” McAloon said last week, “It was a wonderful experience to work in small schools. I’m looking forward to doing that here.”

McAloon, who has lived in New Hampshire for 30 years, has been a classroom teacher in both private and public schools. She was a reading specialist and English teacher in Goffstown, a reading specialist in Bedford, an assistant principal at Pelham Memorial School and a literacy director and middle school principal at the Lowell Community Charter Public School in Lowell, Mass.

McAloon said she is planning to start the year following the schedule Iwanowicz used.

“I’ll have one day in each school. I’ll be in Hancock on Monday, Francestown on Tuesday and Greenfield on Wednesday, at least for now.”

She said Thursday might find her at any of the schools and also in meetings.

“I’ll keep Friday as a floating day, so I can go from school to school,” she said. “And it will change as needed. I liken educators to pretzels. We are flexible.”

McAloon said she’s looking forward to meeting students at all three of the schools, especially since she’s been immobile for much of the summer after breaking a bone in her foot.

“Right now, I’m in a walking cast and using crutches,” she said. “But at least I can finally drive.”

Antrim Elementary School and Pierce Elementary School in Bennington will also have a new principal. In May, the School Board hired Ann Allwarden, who has been a literacy coach for the district, to be the supervisory principal for the two elementary schools. Allwarden is replacing Pamela Campbell, who will be a second-grade teacher this year at Antrim Elementary School.

Allwarden, a graduate of the University of Vermont, has a master’s degree in education and reading from the University of New Hampshire, and is working on a doctorate in educational leadership through Boston College. She was an elementary school teacher for about 15 years and has been a literacy coach in the ConVal district, working with elementary school students, for five years.

The third new principal is Anne O’Bryant, who was hired in April to replace long-time South Meadow School principal Dick Dunning, who retired in June. O’Bryant, a resident of Merrimack, was most recently an assistant principal responsible for the seventh- and eighth-grade students at Monadnock Regional Middle-High School in Swanzey.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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