History teacher Andrew Berry traded his classroom for a new office on Monday as a one-year interim assistant principal at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS).
Superintendent of schools James Weiss selected Mr. Berry to fill a vacancy left by former assistant principal Carlin Hart, who was appointed principal at Oak Bluffs School on August 2.
Mr. Weiss said Mr. Berry brings a depth of experience both as a teacher and as a private school administrator to his new position.
“We went to him because of that experience, and because we were looking for somebody who really could step up and fill the assistant principal’s void quickly,” he explained.
In addition to many years as a teacher, Mr. Berry worked as a headmaster at Fessenden School in the Boston area and as principal of the middle school and assistant head of school at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
On moving to the Island in 2005, Mr. Berry worked at Oak Bluffs School as a special education assistant and then as a long-term substitute teacher in sixth and seventh-grade social studies. He was hired as a history teacher at the high school in 2007.
“Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School has got a lot of great things going on there, so I’m happy to be a part of it and flattered that I was given this opportunity,” Mr. Berry said in a phone call Monday.
“I think we have a great faculty and I’m very excited to work with them,” he added. “In the last three years I’ve come to know so many teachers there who do such a great job, and I’m looking forward to giving them my support, which I view as my role.”
In addition to Mr. Berry, Mr. Weiss also recently appointed MVRHS teacher and STAR program coordinator Matt Malowski as a one-year interim assistant principal.