Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
    • 27 MAR 17
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    Passios Outstanding Principal Award Announced

    Congratulations to Christopher Getchell, Principal of the Parkview Elementary School in Easton, who has been selected as the winner of this year’s Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal Award.  The award was presented by Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester at the annual MESPA Spring Conference on March 22, 2017.   Chris will go on to represent Massachusetts in the National Distinguished Principal Program, which is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

    Read Chris’s inspirational Passios Acceptance Speech on the MESPA Blog.

    Chris has served as principal of the Parkview Elementary for 7 years and has a total of 18 years of experience in public education.  He began his career as a teacher and Assistant Principal in the Stoughton Public Schools before moving to Sharon to serve as K-5 Math Coordinator and Assistant Principal.  In 2010, he was appointed principal in Easton.  Mr. Getchell holds a BA in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, an M.Ed. in School Administration from Cambridge College. He is currently pursuing a CAGS in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University.

    In his letter of nomination, Superintendent Andrew Keough states “I have never worked with a school leader like Chris before. He is without a doubt the finest building leader I have encountered due to his stellar work ethic and unyielding love for young people. He has the rare ability to see young people individually, as truly gifted beings who deserve the best he can give them…He makes the learning environment at Parkview School warm, welcoming and inclusive.” 

    Among Chris’s accomplishments at Parkview are:

    • Developing a school constitution each year with students.
    • Engaging parent volunteers, the Easton Garden Club and the Department of Public Works to build a school garden used by students to learn about the life cycle, protecting the environment and the value of sustainability. Chris also arranged for the creation of a school track to encourage daily exercise.
    • Establishing a Response to Intervention (RTI) program that relies on formative assessment data.
    • Beginning an Ability Awareness Day that brings parents and community members into the school to teach students about physical, emotional and intellectual challenges.
    • Collaborating with Bridgewater State University to offer a STEAM After School Club.
    • Mentoring other principals in Easton.

    As Superintendent Keough wrote, “Chris Getchell is not only a dedicated educator, but most importantly, he is someone who values children of all backgrounds and will go to great lengths to serve them. It is a characteristic that cannot be taught and one that separates the outstanding school leader from others.”

    The Passios Award

    The Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal Award was established in 1979 to honor the memory of an outstanding school leader, who has demonstrated clear leadership in developing successful programs for children and teachers, exceptional dedication to education, outstanding professionalism and an unselfish attitude toward helping others. The award is sponsored jointly by MESPA, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Fitchburg State University Alumni Association.

    Thank you to the selection committee, which was chaired by Eileen Wood (a past Passios winner) and included: Ron Colbert (Fitchburg State Alumni Association), Matt Holloway (DESE), and past Passios winners Jill Flanders, David Keim & Tom LaValley

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