Woonsocket School District sees administrative changes

Woonsocket School District sees administrative changes

WOONSOCKET – Nine administrators, including principals and assistant principals, have been appointed to positions in Woonsocket schools over the past several months. Below is background for each of the new school leaders:

Danira Ortiz has been named principal at Coleman Elementary School. Ortiz began her career in education as a teacher in the New York City public schools in 2007. She speaks English and Spanish and recently served as summer principal at Ella Risk Elementary School in Central Falls. Ortiz received a master’s in early childhood special education from City University of New York in 2009 and recently received a certification in education administration from Principal Residency Network. Ortiz was appointed for a one year term at a salary of $92,639.

John McKinnon has been named principal of Harris Elementary School. A 28-year veteran of the Tiverton School Department, McKinnon began his career as a teacher/coach and has served as assistant principal at Tiverton High School and interim principal at Fort Barton Elementary School in Tiverton. He received a bachelor’s of science from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s in education from Providence College. McKinnon was appointed in August for a one year term at a salary of $92,639.

Melissa Moniz has been named the principal of both Pothier and Citizens Elementary Schools. Moniz has worked in behavioral programs at Bradley Hospital and Meeting Street School and served for 11 years as a special education/English as a second language teacher at Citizens. Most recently, she served under Danielle Costa as assistant principal for the two city elementary schools. Moniz received a bachelor’s in elementary and special education, as well as a master’s in urban and multicultural special education from Rhode Island College. She was appointed for a one-year term in August with a salary of $96,000.

Nichelle Kennell has been named assistant principal for Pothier and Citizens Elementary Schools. Kennell has served as a 2nd- and 3rd-grade teacher for the Forsyth School District in Missiouri and more recently, worked as the lead teacher at Kinder Care Learning Center in Franklin, Mass. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education from the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., and a master’s in school administration from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo. She also has a Rhode Island Administrator’s Certification for grades K through 12. Kennell was hired in August for a 10-month term at a salary of $81,232.

Former Globe Park Elementary School Principal Robert Desrosiers has returned to Woonsocket following a three year stint as an elementary school principal for West Warwick Public Schools. Desrosiers, who worked in the district from 1994-2014, also serving as principal at Fifth Avenue School and the Feinstein Learning Academy, was named principal of Bernon Heights Elementary School in July. Desrosiers received a bachelor’s in health and physical education from Rhode Island College in 2003 and a master of education from Providence College in 2007. He has served as adjunct faculty in physical education at the Community College of Rhode Island since 1997. He has been hired for a one-year term with a salary of $90,823.

Kim Granato has been named principal of Woonsocket Middle School at Villa Nova following a 20 year stint working for the North Providence School District. Granato began her career as a teacher at Ricci Elementary School then became assistant principal for Birchwood Middle School, also in North Providence, a position she held from 2000 to 2010. She has served as principal of Dr. Joseph A. Whelan Elementary School since January of 2010. Granato received a bachelor’s in education and psychology from Roger William University in 1991 and her master’s in education/administration from Providence College in 2000. She was appointed in August for a one-year term with a salary of $96,000.

After serving for two years as principal of Pothier and Citizens Elementary Schools, Danielle Costa has been named principal of Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet. A licensed clinical social worker and certified Rhode Island K-12 administrator, Costa previously served as principal and special education chair at Teaticket Elementary School in Falmouth, Mass. She also held assistant principal jobs at schools in New Bedford, Fall River and Westport, Mass. She was hired in August for a one-year term with a salary of $99,680.

Elizabeth Northup has been named assistant principal of Woonsocket Middle School at Villa Nova coming from a stint as “aspiring principal” at the Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. A graduate of the Center for Leadership and Education Equity’s Principal Residency Network, Northup received a bachelor’s in organizational communication from the University of Portland and a master’s in urban education from Providence College. She was hired for a 10-month term at a salary of $81,232.

Leonora Hughes will serve as assistant principal of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center after holding the job of hospitality travel instructor at the school for the past nine years. Hughes was named the Rhode Island Lodging Management Teacher of the Year in 2011. She has a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University and is certified as a school building administrator through the Rhode Island Department of Education.