A new assistant principal has been named to take the place of Wendy Hastings, who left the School District at the end of June after 13 years to become principal of Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown.
The Londonderry School Board was scheduled to formally announce the appointment of David Sutherland to the assistant principal post at its meeting Tuesday, July 23, and included it in its agenda packet, which was released earlier.
Londonderry Middle School Principal Richard Zacchilli said Sutherland will be an asset to the school.
“We had 35 or 36 applications and we interviewed 10 of those applicants. Out of those 10 the committee chose David as the recommended candidate. The committee consisted of 11 professionals at the middle school, including teachers, special education and administration,” Zacchilli said.
According to Zacchilli, Sutherland is a Londonderry resident and has one year of administrative experience. “David was an assistant principal in Allenstown,” he said. “Allenstown has a middle school and an elementary school and the assistant principal handles both,” Zacchilli said.
Zacchilli also said Sutherland taught science, math and social studies for six years at the sixth grade level in Bedford. According to a statement from the School Board, Sutherland also taught science at Rupert A Nock Middle School in Newburyport, Mass., and held a variety of teaching positions at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Mass.
“We had a pretty intense interview process,” Zacchilli said. “David also has a strong curriculum background and has good interpersonal skills – he relates well with teachers, students and parents.”
Prior to starting his educational career, Sutherland worked in the private sector as a quality assurance manager and a database designer and integration specialist. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University, his Master of Education from Lesley University and his principal certification through Rivier College.