Students swarmed Colleen Palmer with arms wide open to give her hugs during Celebrate Reading week at Monroe Elementary School in early April.
"They're so spontaneous," said Palmer, who will be Weston Public School's superintendent as of July 25. "With whatever students are doing, showing your interest shows support."
Palmer is leaving the Monroe Public Schools after three years as its superintendent. She doesn't have a set agenda for Weston besides supporting the current work and the Board of Education's goal of bringing education to an even higher level.
"Every district has its own DNA," said Palmer, who said she feels bittersweet about leaving Monroe. "I have given my heart and soul to this position. I have worked with an outstanding team here to make significant progress."
Before officially starting July 25, Palmer will continue to wander around Weston and get to know the area. On May 6, she plans to attend the 2011 Trivia Night, hosted by the Weston Education Foundation at the Norfield Congregational Church.
"I look forward to being part of the life of the community. Weston has a longstanding tradition of success and academic achievement. As part of my entry, I plan to listen to those in the system, learn and respect all that is going well," said Palmer.
She has three sons and four grandchildren. She is passionate about swimming and likes to ski, kayak and be outdoors. "If I can find a pool to swim laps in, I'm happy."
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