The Board of School Committee has approved John Vaccarezza as the next principal of Manchester High School Central. Vaccarezza is currently an associate dean of students at Pinkerton Academy and will begin his new post on July 1. He will visit the school on several days before then to meet with various groups of staff and students to become more familiar with the culture and climate of the school community.
Vaccarezza has been a member of the Pinkerton Academy administration since 2010. As an associate dean of students, he assists with a wide variety of functions, including teacher evaluations, graduation exercises, intervention and instructional strategies, SAT coordination, and many other administrative responsibilities. His educational philosophy is that student success is fostered through a variety of educational techniques and supported by a staff that values each and every student.
Prior to entering into his role as an administrator, Vaccarezza was a social studies teacher and coached freshman and junior varsity boys’ soccer teams for ten years. He earned his master’s degree in education from Rivier University in Nashua and a B.A. in history from Elon University in North Carolina.
Former Central principal John Rist has been serving as interim principal since February.
“Mr. Rist has done a superb job in providing a sturdy bridge to the next leader’s tenure,” said superintendent Debra Livingston. “I’m confident that the vibrant learning community at Central will embrace Mr. Vaccarezza’s arrival.”