The Board of School Committee has approved Susan Matthews as the next principal of Highland-Goffe’s Falls Elementary School. Matthews comes to the Manchester School District from her position as assistant principal at Hooksett Memorial School and will begin her new post on July 1.
As an instructional leader, Matthews has been dedicated to helping students learn and succeed, and to supporting teachers’ professional growth. She has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, having worked in those capacities in Hudson and Lowell, MA, for nearly 25 years before becoming the language arts coordinator at Mastricola Elementary School in Merrimack. There, she worked to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment in reading and writing.
“I’m looking forward to working with the faculty at Highland-Goffe’s Falls and helping to shape the way students learn in these critical early years,” said Matthews. “It’s wonderful to see that the school has a strong community of parents and families who are engaged and just as committed to their children’s success as I am.”
As an administrator in Hooksett since 2011, Matthews has cultivated a mutual partnership of respect and collaboration between parents and staff to promote the social, emotional, and academic welfare of students.
“We are excited to welcome Susan to Manchester, and we are confident that she will continue the success of Mr. Adams’ leadership,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, superintendent.
Highland principal Jim Adams retired this month at the end of the school year after more than 30 years as an educational leader in Manchester.
Matthews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Salem State University in Salem, MA, a Master of Education Degree from Rivier University in Nashua, NH, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.