Erica Pearson will assume the duties of Principal for grades five through eight at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School this July. No stranger to the school or its population of nearly 900 children, she’s spent the past five years serving as Assistant Principal under Jennifer Nye, who will remain as Principal of Barre Town’s Pre-K through fourth grade classes, and Scott Griggs, who is leaving to become the Assistant Director at the Central Vermont Career Center.
“I’m so excited to continue being part of a strong and collaborative leadership team,” Pearson said this week, “and I’m especially excited given where education is headed these days, not just in Vermont, but right here in Barre. We’ll be operating as a brand new district beginning July 1, and that could bring with it new opportunities to look at how we deliver education to our students.”
With a background in both psychology and school counseling – as well as five years working with the Barre Town school community – Pearson has a number of thoughts on how students learn and what they do with that learning.
“I’m a big believer in meeting kids where they are,” she said. “Learning takes place on so many different levels and in so many different ways. If we can connect that learning to helping students discover and develop their strengths and interests, we can get them thinking early about where their education could take them. Being able to answer the question ‘Why am I learning this?’ can be a great motivator for even very young students.”
Prior to joining the staff at Barre Town, Pearson co-taught an alternative classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier. She also served as a counselor in the Chelsea and Randolph, VT schools, as well as the Clara Martin Center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical and School Counseling at Johnson State College.
“I’m so pleased Erica will be staying on here at Barre Town,” said Principal Jennifer Nye. “Her experience, expertise, and access to outside resources will not only be a great asset, but they’ll also help her look at things through a fresh new lens. We’re both looking forward to a great partnership, and to making the school everything it can be.”