Framingham School Superintendent Stacy L. Scott announced Friday that John Haidemenos Jr. has been appointed as the new principal for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.
“I have considered the input from the school staff, district staff, and the community in my selection of the next building leader for the school," Scott said in a written statement. "The candidate that best fits the school’s identified needs of academic advancement for all students to exceed our expectations is Mr. John Haidemenos Jr. He has a proven record of that ability in his current and former administrative positions with the Pawtucket School system."
Haidemenos serves as principal in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at the Joseph Jenks Jr. High and the Jacqueline Walsh School for the Arts.
According to the Walsh School website, Haidemenos has been employed with the Pawtucket School Department since 1984. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Providence College. He was the 2005 Elementary Principal of the Year and a National Distinguished Principal.
According to Scott, Haidemenos obtained a Master’s Degree in Education Administration as well as coursework for Superintendent Certification from Providence College. He has held various building level administrative positions for the past fifteen years in the Pawtucket Schools.
Haidemenos is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger and plays professionally with the Gary Sugal Contemporary Big Band, according to the Walsh School site.
In a statement, Haidemenos said, “I am eager to join the faculty and work with the parents at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. I will work with the staff and community to forward the IB program and to work collaboratively to insure that all students succeed. My goal is to develop academic excellence in a professional learning community.”
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