WILMINGTON, MA — On Monday, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced the hiring of Alexander Phillips as the Wilmington Middle School’s next principal.
The appointment, pending successful contract negotiations, will be effective July 1.
“Mr. Phillips has over twenty years of public education experience at the elementary, middle and high school level in both Massachusetts and Illinois,” wrote Brand in a press release. “This extensive experience includes classroom teaching within both general and Special Education settings and almost fourteen years of administrative experience in a variety of roles, including both as an assistant principal and principal. Most recently, he has served as the Principal of the Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in the Chicago Public Schools where, since 2012, he has led a student population of 400 PreK‐8 students.”
Brand detailed the search process leading to Phillips’s appointment, including (1) Phillip visiting Wilmington for a day where he met with staff, students, district leaders, and community members; (2) site visit committee members video conferencing with stakeholders from Phillips’ current school community; and (3) Dr. Brand conducting a site visit to Chicago to meet with members of Phillips’ school system.
“Feedback gathered throughout the search process pointed to Mr. Phillips’ strengths that include his approachability as a leader, his understanding of the importance of the social and emotional well‐being of students in support of the overall learning process and his ability to cultivate broad community engagement,” revealed Brand. “Staff in his current school describe him as an educational leader who is a visionary, passionate, fair, open‐minded, a sound listener and a principal who ‘works at your side’.”
Brand highlighted some of Phillips’ accomplishments during his current principalship, including recognition as a “Restorative Practices Leadership School,” the implementation of a before‐and‐after school program, and the development of a school advisory program within the middle school grades.
Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. He also holds Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies from UMass Boston and National‐Louis University.
In his press release, Brand also thanked Interim Principal Kevin Welch for the leadership and stability he provided the school over the past year-and-a-half. Brand praised Welch’s professionalism, commitment, and dedication in challenging times.
Welch had been one of three finalists for the permanent job. The other finalist was Elizabeth Golden, currently the Assistant Principal at Collins Middle School in Salem.
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