Kristen Gauthier Appointed New Amherst Middle School Principal 

      AMHERST – Kristen Gauthier, Assistant Principal at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford was appointed to the role of principal at Amherst Middle School effective July 1, 2022.

      Interim Superintendent of Schools Steven Chamberlin nominated Ms. Gauthier for the position at the Amherst School Board meeting on May 25.  The Amherst School Board voted unanimously in favor of the candidate for a two-year term and starting salary of $120,000.

      Ms Gauthier has a certificate in graduate study from the Plymouth State University, a masters degree from the University of Rhode Island in middle level education and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in Secondary Education.  She has middle level science teaching credential and a principal credential issued from the state of NH.

      Mr. Chamberlin noted “Ms. Gauthier will be a great addition to the Amherst Middle School team. She has a strong middle school background - both as a teacher and school leader; she empowers, supports, and has high expectations for faculty and staff; and she truly values student voice. I look forward to working with and learning from her.”

      Ms. Gauthier said, “I am honored to be selected to lead Amherst Middle School. The opportunity to engage, challenge, and support adolescents in my town is truly a privilege. During the interview process, I was excited to learn more about the middle school through thoughtful questioning and conversations with members of the school community and I am enthusiastic about partnering with staff, students, and parents to continue to build upon a foundation of excellence in the Amherst School District.”

      Mr. Tom Gauthier, chair of the Amherst School Board commented, “The board is excited to welcome Kristen to the Amherst School District and SAU 39. She comes to Amherst from one of the top school systems in the state, with vast experience from teaching to leadership. There are big shoes to fill at New Hampshire’s top middle school, but we are eager to work with Kristen to continue that tradition of excellence.” The SAU 39 noted that Mr. Tom Gauthier is no relation to the candidate.

Derryfield Names Innovation Center for Departing Head

      MANCHESTER – In honor of Dr. Mary Halpin Carter’s service to the community during her nine years as Head of the Derryfield School, the Board of Trustees announced on May 26 the dedication of the Carter Center for Science & Innovation. Board Chair, Susan Rand King, remarked: “This space is a permanent place on campus that embodies the work Dr. Carter has done to transform the campus, as

well as the academic program and vision, during her tenure. Her passion for innovation is captured in this space, as well as the joy of students working together, and a gathering space for our community.”

      Carter is leaving Derryfield on June 30 to become Head of School at St. Luke’s in New Caanan, Connecticut. She joined Derryfield in 1997 as Admission Director, and is the second-longest serving head in the school’s history. 

      The Derryfield School announced on March 16,  the appointment of its ninth Head of School, Andrew Chappell, effective July 1, 2022. Chappell is currently the assistant headmaster for programs at the esteemed Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury,