Thursday September 10, 2015
Rick Marcotte Central School welcomes a new principal along with many new teachers, staff members and students this year.
Principal Brent Coon took the helm of Central School in August. Coon comes to South Burlington from Swanton, Vermont, where he served as principal of the elementary schools for the past five years. Coon, who comes to the district with over 20 years of experience as a teacher and principal at schools throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, and South Carolina, received his BS in education and history from Springfield College and his Master of Education degree from Westfield State College.
Throughout his career, Coon says he is fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing educators and school communities and now is pleased to add the South Burlington School District to that list. Coon spent the summer getting to know the RMCS community and feels well supported by the staff and teachers; particularly, long time RM Central School staff members Barb Gilmore and Sue Dattilio.
Coon reports that the school year is off to a wonderful start and he is excited to be a part of it. “The South Burlington School District is one that is known for providing quality education for all students. The focus on providing many opportunities for students to explore their interests, and make connections in the local community and state, make this an exciting place to learn and work,” Coon said.
One of Coon’s goals is to create a learning environment that is safe and allows children to explore their interests in a respectful and nurturing space. “It is my responsibility to advocate for students, staff and parents so that students at RMCS are provided the best opportunities to grow as learners and members of our community,” Coon added.
When the new principal is not at school, he can be found enjoying his time with his wife Diane and their son Joshua, who is a sophomore at BFA in Fairfax as well as their daughter Olivia, who is a sophomore at UVM. Veterans Memorial Park has become one of his favorite spots in South Burlington since he loves to run, ride his bike, and play Frisbee with his two Mini Australian Shepherds, Peaches and Chloe.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent