Kyle Burnell is the new interim principal at WES

When 1st through 4th-grade students arrived for their first day of the 2021-22 school year on August 31st they had a new principal at the helm. In June teacher Kyle Burnell was hired by the Wells-Ogunquit CSD to fill that vacated position.

"Wells Elementary School is a special place and I am honored to be the interim principal,” commented Burnell in an email. “The students at WES are compassionate, hard-working, and enthusiastically embrace any challenge placed before them. We also have a tremendously supportive community and an outstanding staff at the elementary school. I take great pride in WES and I am excited about the opportunities we have to make it an even more special place for the kids in our community."

According to information provided previously by Superintendent Jim Daly’s office, “Mr. Burnell has over twelve years of experience working in public education, the last three of which having served as a grade three teacher at Wells Elementary School. Mr. Burnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Merrimack College and is completing a Master of Education from Endicott College. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, Mr. Burnell completed an administrative internship with Wells Elementary School Principal April Noble and with Wells Junior High School Principal Josh Gould.”

Superintendent Daly added recently, “Mr. Burnell will be a wonderful addition to our staff at Wells Elementary School! He is an excellent communicator and very student-centered.”

Due to the ongoing health predicament, facial coverings and social distancing are still among the requirements for students and staff going forward into the WOCSD’s new school year. Regarding that reality and the disruptions of the previous school year, Mr. Burnell noted, "The last two years have been a challenge for our students, staff, and community due to the ongoing pandemic. I am proud of the work that has been done to provide a safe learning environment and a high quality education during incredibly difficult times. That dual commitment to safety and excellence in education will continue into the future and I am so excited for the new school year."

Kyle Burnell