Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School science teacher Elliott Bennett of Edgartown has been promoted to assistant principal. A science teacher since 2000, Ms. Bennett fills a position left vacant by Matthew Malowski when he was appointed adjustment/guidance counselor for the high school’s therapeutic support and alternative education programs.
Ms. Bennett joins Andrew Berry as one of two assistant principals. She will oversee 11th and12th grade students. Her duties also will include handling discipline issues, coordinating independent study and senior projects, and evaluating teachers.
Ms. Bennett has been a classroom teacher for 25 years. She has primarily taught biology at the high school and was the science department’s chairman for the last three years. She also served as the faculty advisor to the high school’s popular forensics club.
She said she decided to apply for the assistant principal job to gain a new perspective in the field of education.
“I was very happy in the classroom, but saw the coming of Gil Traverso as the new principal as being an opportunity to work in a leadership role and also help in the transition,” Ms. Bennett said.
Although she will miss the contact she had with students in the classroom, Ms. Bennett said she plans to keep in touch with them in her new role.
“I think it’s important for administrators to be visible to students and for them to recognize assistant principals are there for all the students, not just if they get in trouble, but as another adult there to help them in the school or as a mentor,” she said.
What many of her former students may miss most as the result of her move from the classroom is not having access to her pet gecko, Eric, Ms. Bennett said. Since he is not allowed in her new office, he has gone into retirement at her home.
Ms. Bennett’s two children will join her at the high school in the fall. Her daughter, Caley, 17, will be a senior, her son, Cooper, 14, an incoming freshman.