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Dear Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and not spending too much time reading emails. I tried to
keep this one brief, but it wasn’t easy because I’m pretty excited about what I’m about to share!
At the end of June, the Principal Hiring Committee – composed of teachers, administrators, staff,
and parents - interviewed five candidates. We were impressed by the experience and talent of
the applicant pool – many of whom applied because of the reputation of our school and

In deciding on the right candidate, the Hiring Committee prioritized instructional leadership;
knowledge of curriculum, project-based learning, and the social-emotional needs of children;
understanding how to connect with and involve families and community members in student
learning; and, above all, a commitment to the success and wellbeing of every child.

We set the bar very high. Thankfully, we found the right person in Ryan Watts.

Ryan was the Assistant Principal at Camden-Rockport Middle School last year and, prior to that,
worked at Gorham High School as a guidance counselor (2006-2016) and then principal (2016-2021). While at Gorham, he served as the K-12 Alternative Education Committee Facilitator, led district and school-level Project Based Learning initiatives, worked with staff to implement Restorative Practices and PBIS, and coached girls’ soccer.

His leadership style is based on relationships, pragmatism, and authenticity. Ryan values the expertise that others bring and recognizes the immense talent and commitment of our teachers and staff. He's excited about EL, the CTE/ Makerspace Building Project, project-based learning, and shared leadership. Above all, he's excited to join a small, community school committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that every child thrives. In short, he's excited to become a Dragon. Ryan's first day will be Monday, August 1st.

Ryan will reach out to families and community members in early August to introduce himself in his
own words. Until then, please join me in welcoming Ryan Watts to our Dragon family.

Mike Felton, St. George MSU Superintendent