Assistant Principal Appointment

Assistant Principal Appointment
Posted on 04/11/2021
AnnouncementThe Chester School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Gilbert, as the Assistant Principal for Chester Academy.  He will begin his work in Chester on July 1, 2021.  Mr. Gilbert will succeed Dr. Ann Gaffney, who will be leaving her position at the end of the school year. 

Principal Lacroix commented that, “Mr. Gilbert's experience as a Reading Specialist will be instrumental as we look to implement a new reading program in the upcoming school year. He brings a wealth of knowledge to support teachers and students with learning.”

The appointment of Mr. Gilbert is the result of a comprehensive search conducted by an eleven-member committee, with representatives from the school board, PTA, administration and staff.  The search produced thirty-nine (39) qualified applicants. Chair Richardson commented, “The depth and breadth of experience with this group of candidates speaks to the reputation of our school community throughout the state and region as candidates came forward from across New England.  We expect Mr. Gilbert’s addition will add to this reputation of excellence.  We are all looking forward to working with Jonathan as our new Assistant Principal and to take advantage of his innovative and data-driven approach to education.” 

When notified of his selection, Mr. Gilbert said, "I am truly honored to have been selected for this role, and I look forward to working with the students, families, and staff of Chester Academy. It is my hope to integrate quickly into the culture of the school and the surrounding community. I look forward to starting and meeting everyone soon. Thank you again for this tremendous opportunity."

Mr. Gilbert currently serves as a Reading Specialist for the Fall Mountain Regional School District in Langdon, NH.  In addition to his Reading Specialist role, he has managed student data for the district including analysis and interpretation of assessment data.  When the pandemic took hold, he was tapped by his school administration to lead their online elementary remote academy.  He participated in the Teacher Technology Leader program and has lead and guided a variety of Professional Development activities for his district colleagues.  Prior to his current role he taught elementary grades in both public and private schools.  

Mr. Gilbert completed his CAGS degree at Plymouth State University with a concentration in Educational Leadership and K-12 Curriculum Administration.  He also recently earned his Principal Certification through Plymouth State University.  He also holds a Master of Education Degree as a Reading and Writing Specialist and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.  

School Board member and Search Committee member Brennan Holmes related that, “Mr. Gilbert has demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills in his current role. His background and experience will serve our district well.”  

Fellow Board member Dana Theokas echoed those thoughts, “As a parent and board member I look forward to the expertise Mr. Gilbert brings as a Reading Specialist to implementing our new English and Language Arts Curriculum next year. I anticipate his welcoming demeanor will be a great addition to our exceptional administrative team as we begin the 2021/22 school year on campus.” 

Chairman Richardson commended the Search Committee, “The Board would like to express their appreciation to each of the members of the Assistant Principal Search Screening Committee for their efforts in reviewing the many applications for this position and identifying the candidate best suited to join the staff at Chester Academy.”