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New Principal At Westport's Long Lots School Comes From Maine

Long Lots Elementary will have a new principal in the fall.
Long Lots Elementary will have a new principal in the fall. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT,, Conn. — Debra Dunn, the superintendent of schools in York, Maine, will be the next principal at Long Lots Elementary School, the Westport Board of Education announced Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Dunn serve as the principal of Long Lots Elementary School," said Colleen Palmer, Westport's superintendent of schools. "Her passion for helping all children find pathways to success will inspire all who have the privilege to work with her at Long Lots.”

Dunn was the unanimous selection of an interview committee made up of parents, staff members, administrators and Board of Education members.

Her extensive experience as an administrator includes serving as an elementary principal for over 20 years in both Andover and Weston, Mass., and most recently as the superintendent in York.

"She promotes innovation through a collaborative process that allows all members of the school community to pursue their hopes and dreams," the school board said in a statement. "Her focus on bringing joy to learning through a child-centered approach will serve the Long Lots community well."

Dunn earned her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in elementary and special education from Fitchburg State University. She obtained a master’s degree in educational administration/early childhood from Worcester State University, then earned both a certificate of advanced graduate studies in curriculum, policy and planning and a doctorate of education degree from the University of Massachusetts.

She has taught graduate classes at the University of Southern New Hampshire, Lesley University, Regis College and Cambridge College.

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