By Michelle Pelletier Marshall
---- — NEWBURY — Newbury Elementary School has a new assistant principal.
Amy Pasquarello joins new school principal Beth Yando, who was selected this year to lead the school upon Dr. Michael Tracy’s leaving for another principalship.
Pasquarello, who started the position earlier this month, previously worked at Burke Elementary School in Peabody where she had been assistant principal since 2012. She replaces Heather Leonard who is now principal of the Barrows Elementary School in Reading.
“Amy had experience as an assistant principal and a passion for teaching and learning,” said Yando, who is responsible for the appointment process.”Her background in education was varied, and the search committee felt she had much to offer the NES community.” Pasquarello was chosen from a pool of eight candidates.
Pasquarello’s previous educational experience is wide and varied. It includes time at Simmons College as an adjunct professor in educational technology, where she instructed students on how to integrate 21st century skills into the classroom.
She had been at the Winthrop Elementary School in South Hamilton, from 2006 to 2012, serving as curriculum coach and teacher-in-charge in 2011, principal intern in 2010 and integrated media specialist prior to that. She also has elementary school teaching experience for grades 4 and 5 in schools in Virginia and Connecticut.
Pasquarello holds a bachelor of arts from UMass Amherst and a master of arts from the University of Virginia. In addition, she holds a Salem State University leadership qualification, and a principal/assistant principal license.