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NHASP Announces New Executive Director

Concord NH, March 18, 2019:  The New Hampshire Association of School Principals, an association of nearly 600 school leaders throughout New Hampshire, is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Ms. Bridey Bellemare, currently the Principal of Thorntons Ferry Elementary School in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Bridey was selected by the NHASP Executive Board after a three-month search process and will begin her new position on July 1, 2019.

Ms. Bellemare, a resident of Manchester, is a veteran New Hampshire educator with 25 years’ experience: 10 years as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school level and 15 years as an administrator. She is a graduate of Keene State College (BA) in 1993, Leslie University (M. ED) in 2001, Rivier College (Administrative Certification) in 2005 and The University of New Hampshire, where she completed the Education Specialist (ED.S.) Program in Education Administration and Supervision in 2013.

In addition to numerous committees and accomplishments in her district, Ms. Bellemare currently serves as a member of The Governor’s Task Force on Anti-Bullying and is the New Hampshire representative on the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Island Governing Board.

Ms. Bellemare is uniquely qualified for her new role:

Her superintendent, Marge Chiafery, who highly recommended Bridey, calls her a “highly ethical administrator,” “…an effective communicator in writing and speaking,” who “…understands the significance of collaboration and connection and the sharing of best practices,” and who will be “…an excellent spokesperson and advocate for the principals’ association.”

Colleague and NHASP Mentor Coordinator, Kathleen Sciarappa says that “Bridey is intellectually one of the best-prepared principals in the state, is a quick learner, who knows how to get a job done and done well, and yet who also balances the seriousness of her work with laughter and good times.”

Michael Fournier, colleague and Superintendent in Bedford referred to Bridey as “…smart, forward-thinking, collaborative and respected by her peers.”

Jeff Drouin, the NHASP president-elect and principal of Boscawen Elementary School, is delighted with their choice and says that Bridey is the right person at the right time, who will bring the association forward.

Bill Lonergan, NHASP President and Principal of Campbell High School in Litchfield spoke well of her:

“Bridey Bellemare stands out as an experienced school leader whose conviction, energy and vision will continue the great progress of the current year at NHASP.   She is exactly what NHASP needs; we are excited and confident about the potential impact that she will have on New Hampshire’s school leaders and on our organization.”

Bellemare herself replied, “I am both humbled and honored to have been selected to represent this exceptional group of professionals as the new Executive Director for the NH Association of School Principals.  Together, we will embrace purposeful and innovative change leveraging each new partnership and opportunity to strengthen our professional and organizational growth.”

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Bellemare will be replacing Ken Page, Interim Executive Director, who, before relocating to New Hampshire, was the Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association.

About NHASP: NHASP was founded in 1974 as a professional development and support organization of school leaders.  Principals, assistant principals and aspiring leaders from throughout New Hampshire make up most of its membership. It is affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Association (NAESP). The NHASP office is located at 25 Triangle Park Drive in Concord.

The NHASP 2019 Leadership Academy, featuring exemplary national and state presenters, will be held June 26-28 at the Mt. Washington Hotel. More info is at http://nhasp.org