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May 27, 2013

Principals selected for Triton

Interim leaders named to permanent positions


In light of the success of the middle school administrative team, Finn was asked to continue in the role of assistant principal.

MacRae is an alumnus of the Pine Grove School in Rowley and the Triton school system. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Framingham State and an master’s in education from Cambridge College. Prior to his becoming assistant principal four years ago, he served as a special education teacher.

Dawe selected

Announcing Dawe as the choice for the next high school principal, Farmer pointed to the fact that during her tenure as interim principal, which began in 2011, she has moved a number of initiatives forward that benefit students, staff and families, such as the Freshman Advisory Program and a reinvigorated, more appropriately represented and active School Council.

Additionally, he said, she understands the implications of the district’s development plan and the state’s changing agenda for the school and staff.

“Kathryn’s work is unwaveringly focused on what is best for students and her work ethic and commitment to Triton are unquestionable,” Farmer said. “Critically, Kathryn led the righting of the ship through a collaborative process in the fall of 2011 when the school was in trouble over its accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. This may be an internal appointment, but it is not about maintaining the status quo.”

Dawe has been the interim principal at Triton Regional High School since November 2011 when principal Kevin McLaughlin was terminated. Prior to that, she had been assistant principal at the school since 2000. Before coming to Triton, Dawe was a math teacher.

Dawe holds a bachelor’s degree and an master’s in education, both from Salem State University.

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