Post date: Jul 06, 2016 6:41:53 PM

WOCSD Superintendent Jim Daly has approved the recommendation of an interview committee and appointed Robert Griffin as the next principal of Wells Junior High School, effective July 6, 2016,

Mr. Griffin is a true middle level educator. He has been the assistant principal of Wells Junior High for the past four years and acted as interim principal of WJHS for the last 8 weeks of the school year. Previously, Mr. Griffin was assistant principal of Westbrook Middle School for three years and, two years before that, principal of Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram, Maine. Mr. Griffin began his career in education as an educational technician in 1997 and was a classroom teacher at Noble and Falmouth Middle Schools. He has taught classes at USM, UNE, and SMCC. Mr. Griffin is President-Elect of the Maine Association for Middle Level Education.

Mr. Griffin demonstrated the attributes the Wells Junior High community sought – student focused; collaborative leadership style; strong communicator; ability to promote positive school culture and climate and understanding of middle level students.

A colleague stated, “Mr. Griffin believes in a model of shared leadership and will use this paradigm of collaboration to ensure that there is an environment that supports the learning, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. “

The search process began on June 1st with a faculty meeting to gather input about the attributes desired in a new principal. Two committees were formed of highly respected teachers, parents, a school committee member, and administrators. The selection committee met on June 22nd to review applications and selected three candidates to interview. After a round of interviews with highly qualified candidates by a separate committee on June 29th, one finalist was forwarded to Superintendent Daly.