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Shoreham principal is going to Neshobe to teach

SHOREHAM — Shoreham has just started searching for a new leader for its school.
Shoreham’s search comes in wake of Principal Heather Best’s recent announcement that she will step down this month to accept a teaching position at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon.
Best, 42, explained she has felt a tug to return to classroom teaching after having spent the past six years as Shoreham Elementary’s top administrator. That tug got more acute this past year as she worked closely with teachers on professional development strategies, particularly related to literacy.
A resident of Salisbury, Best became aware of a vacancy for a 3rd-grade teaching position at Neshobe. She decided to apply and was offered the job.
“I had heard great things about that school,” Best said, adding 3rd grade happens to be her favorite grade level to teach.
And she’s had a lot of experience teaching.
Best was originally hired at the Shoreham school in 2000 as a fifth-grade teacher after having taught grades 3 and 4 at Bridport Central School for the previous six years. She was named principal at Shoreham in 2007.
Best has not ruled out a return to school administration in the future.
“I still have quite a bit of time to work in education,” Best said.
Asked what she would miss most about the Shoreham school, Best replied, “The students, staff and families here. At a small school like this, you get to know everyone well.”
It’s a school with 75 students, a number that’s expected to remain fairly stable for the next few years, according to Best. Enrollment was at around 100 students when Best took over as principal in 2007.
She will feel a special kinship with Shoreham’s current 6th grade graduating class, many of whom were kindergartners when Best took the helm of the school.
Shoreham School Board Chairwoman DeeDee Flagg said Best will be missed.
“We are sorry to see her go, but we understand her desire to get back into the classroom,” Flagg said.
“She’s been great with curriculum and budgeting. We really felt she always had the best interests of the children at heart.”
Shoreham school directors will now focus on hiring an interim leader for the 2013-2014 academic year in anticipation of launching a more thorough candidate search early next year. Flagg was pleased to report several prospective candidates have already stepped forward.
“We feel it would be best to get someone on an interim basis, with the option to hire if it’s working out,” Best said.

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