PLYMOUTH – Sherri Turner, the new principal at Plymouth Center School, is eager to meet with parents, students and teachers.
“I think of the most important things in my experience is to build strong relationships with parents, faculty and kids,” she said. “As a principal, I like to be very visible and stop into classrooms. I always make sure that with every decision I make I’m always doing what’s best for kids.”
Turner found out she got the job as principal in March and her first day was Monday. She previously served as superintendent of schools in Litchfield for three years and as principal of Center School in Litchfield for four years.
“The biggest motivation for me coming to Plymouth was that I missed being a building principal,” said Turner. “Another reason is that I was very pleased with the preschool system.”
During her time in Litchfield, Turner said she was proud of introducing the district to “social emotional learning.” She implemented the program, which helps students to regulate their emotions and provides extra support for teachers, two years ago and said that it resulted in a “big drop” in chronic absenteeism.
Plymouth has also implemented social emotional learning under Superintendent Martin Semmel, whom Turner said she had discussed the program with many times as part of a county superintendents group.
One of Turner’s goals for the Plymouth school system is to have more reading and writing workshops for teachers. She said that she wants students to continue to hone their reading and writing schools throughout their time in school.
Turner said that she met with the previous principal, Crystal Collins, during the school year to get a sense of how things were running at Plymouth Center School.
“She was very proud and commented to me that the staff are like a family and go above and beyond for kids,” she said. “I could tell that, for her, retirement was bittersweet.”
Turner said that she looks forward to getting to know parents and students. She has already invited faculty to meet with her and this Wednesday she will be writing a letter to extend the same invitation to parents and kids.
“I look forward to getting to meet with them and work with them as I start this new position,” she said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.