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Lindemann elevated to Mary Hogan Elementary assistant principal

MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School 4th-grade teacher and Challenge Program leader Steve Lindemann will become the school’s new assistant principal beginning July 1.
Lindemann, a 47-year-old Middlebury resident, is in his second teaching stint at Mary Hogan Elementary during a career as an educator that has spanned almost 25 years. He began teaching English as a Second Language in 1989 in the Dominican Republic, on behalf of the Boston Institute and the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball organization. He arrived in Vermont in 1995, beginning as a 5th-grade teacher at the Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. In 1996, he began a series of teaching stints in Addison County schools in Weybridge (1996-2000), Mary Hogan (2000-2003), and Ripton (2003-2010) before taking a job as a district data coach in Fair Haven (2010-2011).
He returned to Mary Hogan School in 2011 as a Challenge Program teacher, assuming the additional responsibilities of 4th-grade teacher in 2012.
Lindemann noted he had taken some leadership classes delivered by his current boss, Mary Hogan School Co-principal Tom Buzzell, who will become principal following the retirement of fellow Co-principal Bonnie Bourne at the end of this month.
“I’d been in touch with Tom over the years,” Lindemann said. “When I came back to Mary Hogan and Bonnie Bourne announced her retirement, I thought it might be (an opportunity) to enter the next phase of my career.”
A hiring committee interviewed four top candidates from a pool of more than 40 applicants, according to Buzzell. Lindemann was one of two finalists who were also interviewed by Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Conley.
“We look forward to Steve’s expertise and energy as we plan for the coming school year,” Buzzell said.
Conley, who will be retiring at the end of this month, also touted Lindemann’s credentials.
“Steve has been an excellent teacher for ACSU for many years with years of service at Weybridge, Ripton, and Mary Hogan,” Conley said. “He will add great skills and insight to our administrative leadership team.”
Lindemann spent a portion of last week packing up office materials in preparation for his new post. His administrative duties will include oversight of the school’s science program; Mary Hogan Elementary has been making significant investments in its science and math curricula in recent years.
“I am very happy to be here in this new role and to be working with Tom (Buzzell),” Lindemann said.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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