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Hall Elementary School Gets New Assistant Principal

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Hall Elementary School Gets New Assistant Principal
Posted on 06/21/2017
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The Portland Board of Public Education on June 20 unanimously approved the appointment of Sarah Jane Sirois, a Lyman Moore Middle School teaching strategist, as assistant principal of Hall Elementary School, effective July 1.

Sirois will replace Assistant Principal John Dickerson, who is taking on a new role as principal of Congin Elementary School in Westbrook.

Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Crocker said Sirois has a very strong commitment to the Portland Public Schools and “brings with her a great deal of passion, enthusiasm and energy.” Crocker said that will be of particular benefit to Hall in the coming school year.

The construction of a new school to replace Hall is underway on the grounds of the existing school. Students will remain in the current building while the new one is built. It’s slated to open in the fall of 2018.

Sirois said she is excited to take on the new role. For the past four years, she has worked at Lyman Moore on positive behavior support systems and multi-tiered systems of student support alongside the principal and the assistant principal. “I’ve grown as a leader so much in the past four years,” she said. “I am so honored at the opportunity to have a leadership position in the Portland Public Schools.” Sirois will be working alongside Hall Principal Dawn Kenniston.

Sirois’ previous experience includes working for the Windham schools in a variety of roles: as a special education teacher, an RTI educational consultant and a Spanish teacher. She also was a Spanish teacher at Poland Regional High School. She holds a bachelor of arts in Hispanic studies and a master’s of science in education from the University of Southern Maine.

Dickerson joined the Portland Public Schools in 2014. Immediately prior to that, he was assistant principal at Songo Locks School in Naples. Superintendent Xavier Botana thanked Dickerson for his service and wished him well in his new career opportunity.