Coughlin named principal at NCMS

Coughlin named principal at NCMS

CUMBERLAND - Bethany Coughlin, a former math teacher who has spent her career working at both Cumberland middle schools, has made the switch between them once again.

The School Committee appointed Coughlin the new principal at North Cumberland Middle School in July. She leaves her position as assistant principal at Joseph L. McCourt Middle School to fill the position left vacant by Richard Drolet, who heads to a middle school in Uxbridge, Mass.

Coughlin, a Cumberland resident, started her career at McCourt, working for five years before heading over to NCMS to teach for 17 years. She then became a part of the McCourt administrative team for two years before taking her current position.

"I'm thrilled," Coughlin said. "I feel like I'm coming home again."

But she is quick to point out she has an affinity to both NCMS and McCourt.

"I love both schools. I have roots in both schools," she said. "I feel as though the two school communities are unified and moving forward collectively."

Coughlin, who earned her bachelor's degree in education from Rhode Island College, and her master's degree in administration from Providence College, said there has been a smooth transition between the two thanks to the familiarity with both the schools and staff.

She said moving from assistant principal to the head leadership position is "definitely a challenge, but one that I'm excited about."

Before she gets started on making any changes, though, Coughlin said, "The first thing I need to do is reacquaint myself with the school."

"Things evolve," even in two years, she said, noting that she is fortunate to have come into the position after Drolet, who she said left the school in "really good shape."

Coughlin said the focus will be on student learning, common core state standards and preparing students for the Partnership for Readiness of College and Careers, or PARCC test, which comes in the 2014-2015 school year.

"As a district, we are always looking to improve and grow," she said. "My goal is to get all students to grow and reach their full potential."