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New Westport Principal Is 'Hooked' on Education

Julie Droller is not a well-known name in Westport, but that will change in July after she takes over as the new principal of Saugatuck Elementary School .

Julie will come to Westport from Veterans Park Elementary School in Ridgefield, where she's served as principal for the last five years. Before becoming a principal, Julie worked as a language arts specialist in Darien for about two years and then taught elementary school for about six years. But education wasn't always her line of work, even though both of her parents were educators.

"Before [teaching], I was direct mail manager at Lord & Taylor and was living in Mount Kisco," said Julie, who received her undergraduate degree in business communication. After moving to Ridgefield, Julie said she didn't want to commute into Manhattan anymore but didn't want to stop working, either.

At the recommendation of several friends, Julie went to Sacred Heart University, where she was "hooked" onto educational after taking a children's literature course. She graduated with a master's in teaching and eventually went on to receive her sixth-year certification in administrative work from the University of Connecticut.

"As a language arts specialist, I felt I needed an administrative degree to really make substantial changes," Julie said of her decision to become an administrator. "I love education, I love working with kids and I love my job. I can't imagine doing anything else."

Though Julie said leaving her current school will be tough, she said she's looking forward to working in Westport and getting to know a new batch of teachers, students and parents.

Julie will replace Bob Buckley , who has led Saugatuck Elementary since it opened in 2002. He is retiring as of June 30. "Saugatuck sounds like a wonderful school — I've heard wonderful things about the staff," Julie said.

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