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Bacon Academy Principal Announced
Superintendent Mathieu announced Thursday, March 5th that Matthew Peel of Pawcatuck, Connecticut has been selected as the new Bacon Academy principal. Mr. Peel will begin his administrative position on July 1, 2015.
One of the interview committee members stated, “Mr. Peel is a perfect fit for Bacon Academy”. Superintendent Mathieu elaborated, “We are extremely excited to find a candidate who will enhance the academic rigor of Bacon Academy and who also shares the same family values as our Bacon Family, which is an important character at the Academy. I look forward to working with Matt throughout the spring so he is fully ready for his July 1, 2015 start date”.
The selection of Mr. Peel concludes a process that began in August 2014 following the resignation of former Bacon Academy principal Mark Ambruso who resigned to take a similar position in the state school system. Donald Gates, Interim Principal, has been filling the vacancy while the search was being conducted.
“Mr. Peel is an excellent choice to be named Bacon Academy's new high school principal. It is my opinion that he will connect and work well with students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community of Colchester. He will develop relationships of trust and work with colleagues to strengthen the school environment. He will lead in the development of a climate that offers challenges and rewards in support of the educational opportunities our school so proudly offers its students”, stated Don Gates, Interim Principal.
Board of Education Chair Ron Goldstein said “We are thrilled that Matt is joining our team. The Board was impressed with his range of experience as an associate principal for seven years, his clear enthusiasm, and his concern for students. We are excited for Bacon Academy’s future under Matt’s leadership”.
Mr. Peel has sixteen years of experience in education and has been the associate principal at Griswold High School in Griswold, Connecticut since July, 2008. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pure Math from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and both his 092 Certification and Sixth Year in Administration from Sacred Heart University in Lisbon.
Mr. Peel resides in Pawcatuck with his wife Shellah, daughter Hailey-Mae and son Emmett.