March 9 2018

New Principal Announced for Marshall Simonds Middle School


There will soon be new leadership at Burlington’s middle school.


Burlington Public Schools said in a release they are pleased to announce that Cari Perchase has been selected as the new Principal of Marshall Simonds Middle School, effective July 1, 2018.


Perchase is completing her fifth year as the Principal of Medway Middle School. Before that she served as the assistant principal at the same school. She started her career in education as a sixth-grade teacher at Duxbury Middle School, where she taught Reading, English and Social Studies.


Perchase is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Northeastern University. She earned her Master's degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State College.


Perchase outlined her priorities of leadership in a school environment.


“Creating and maintaining a safe and supportive school environment where all students are able to learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically is my priority as a school leader,” she said. “Students need to feel valued and respected as individuals, and when they do, they feel safe and are better able to learn. Building relationships with students, families, faculty and staff is another priority. Educating the whole child requires all members of the school community to work together.”


Burlington’s School Department leaders said they are happy to welcome Perchase to the district.


“Burlington has been fortunate to have steady leadership at the middle level,” said Superintendent Eric Conti. “We look forward to continuing this legacy with Principal Perchase. I would like to thank the teachers, administrators, parents and community members who gave their time to serve on the screening committee.”  

Current Principal Richard Connors, Team Leader Noreen Abati, and Support Coordinator Neil Lusas announced their retirement last year after working in the school for over 40 years.


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