Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

By Ed Harris

A former Derynoski Elementary School student has worked her way up through the ranks to become the new assistant principal at the school.

By Ed Harris Kelly A. Nichols

By Ed Harris
Kelly A. Nichols

was selected as the new assistant principal at Derynoski at the recent Board of Education meeting. Nichols will begin her new position on July 1.
“I’ve come full circle,” Nichols said.
Nichols, a Southington resident, began teaching at DePaolo Middle School in Sept. 2004.
She spent the next year at Northeast Middle School in Bristol before returning to Southington to work as a special education teacher at Hatton and then DePaolo.
While at DePaolo, Nichols also worked as an administrative intern and as a District TEAM Learning Specialist.
Nichols beat out 175 other applicants for the position.
“It says a lot about her as an applicant,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski. Goralski said that Nichols stood out from the pack.
Nichols noted that she had big administrative footsteps to follow in, but said she was ready to begin.
“I look forward to working closely with [Derynoski Principal] Jan Verderame and having a positive impact,” she said.
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