HALIFAX -- This will be Sandy Pentak's first year as principal at the Halifax School.
She previously held the position of special education director within the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union for five years.
"It was a terrific job but what became a little problematic personally was I was having less time to work with students and work directly with staff," said Pentak. "The administrative stuff was a great learning opportunity but where I think my strengths are best are with students and in the leadership piece."
Former Halifax School Principal Stephanie Aldrich had made a decision regarding her career that opened the position. Pentak seized the opportunity to work closer with the students and staff.
One of the main challenges she plans to continue engaging in are the Common Core standards.
Under Aldrich's leadership, the staff was encouraged to increase standards, most exclusively in math and literacy. Pentak looks forward to continuing to identify the aspects of these standards, which are outlined in Vermont's Comprehensive Assessment System.
During an interview with the Reformer, Pentak noted the cohesiveness she sees in Halifax School.
"They are a group of teachers and professionals who are dedicated. They have been here a number of years and do amazing things," she said. "I do feel lucky being able to step into this position."
Pentak will now be responsible for about 58 kids, in classes from kindergarten to eighth grade. She is also teaching kindergarten classes in the mornings.
"What's going to be hard is finding the balance of being teacher and principal," said Pentak. "Walking that fine line and giving 100 percent to both could become a challenge. I think that's what I've been very cognizant about as I move into this role."
She has been a part of the district since 1998 and took on various roles within it.
"Halifax is just a great community," said Pentak. "And I have to tell you, it's very rewarding to meet with small groups of kindergartners to start the day off with great songs and enthusiastic learners."
Halifax School began on Aug. 29. This year, events celebrating each grade's schoolwork will be held each trimester and will pertain to geography, literacy and math.
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