New assistant principals start at CV, SMS

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/23/2021 2:31:46 PM

ConVal started this school year with two new assistant principals. Carol Young is the new assistant principal of ConVal High School, and Dan Legro is filling the role at South Meadow School.

“They’re both wonderful, bright, and enthusiastic about their new positions,” said Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders. 

Young began teaching at ConVal High School in 1994 as a science teacher, and stayed until 2002, at which point she worked first at Wilton Lyndeborough Cooperative High School and Merrimack High School. She returned to ConVal in 2007, and became the head of the science department in 2012, and in 2019, became a teaching administrator. 

“I decided to take the leap and leave the classroom, which was a really hard decision,” Young said. Her time as a teaching administrator allowed her to teach and also support fellow faculty, but when ConVal moved from this model to that of a full-time administrator, “it seemed like the right time to make the switch.”

“I knew I was going to be compatible working with them,” Young said of ConVal faculty. “I had the right skill-set they were looking for, and I felt like I could help them a lot.”

“I do miss my classroom, but I also enjoy being able to be a more widespread part of the school and see more people during the day,” Young said. She said that she is able to get to know more and more students, something she’s enjoying.

Young also said that all of her time spent with ConVal over the years has helped her adjust to the new role. “It’s helpful that I didn’t have to learn a whole new school, a whole new system,” she said. 

“I’ve had a lot of support from my colleagues and the community and I really appreciate that – it feels like they’re behind me,” Young said. 

Legro said much the same of his arrival to the ConVal District. “I feel supported and welcomed and valued and it’s been an awesome experience,” he said.

Legro comes to South Meadow School from Nashua High School North, where he taught math for nine years. He also spent a semester as interim assistant principal there, the experience of which he said spurred him to look for a similar position and led him to ConVal. 

He was also looking for a smaller district than Nashua, so he could make more of a personal impact on students. He said he’s found that at ConVal.

“I think it’s a good mix of professionalism, growth, having my hands in a lot of different pies, and having a lot of learning opportunities,” he said, “and having a lot of fun in the process.”

For Legro, the school year has been a bit of a whirlwind so far with a lot of learning to do, and he’s looking forward to being more integrated with the community in the future. “I’m really looking forward to knowing the students and families better than I do,” he said.

“I’m having a great time and I’m really enjoying the people at South Meadow and the District in general,” Legro said. 

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