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Portsmouth School Committee Appoints New Principals for Melville, PMS

The Portsmouth School Committee made two leadership appointments Tuesday night, including a hire for a brand new position.

Your child might just have a new principal next fall. 

The Portsmouth School Committee unanimously appointed two new school leaders Tuesday night: a principal for and a new fourth/fifth grade  assistant principal. 

The new Melville Elementary School principal is Elizabeth Viveiros, who will fill the role held by retiring Dr. Joanne Olson.

Lisa Little was selected as the new fourth/fifth grade Portsmouth Middle School assistant principal. This is which was created by the school committee earlier this year. 

Both of these new school leaders will begin their duties in July.

Elizabeth Viveiros

Viveiros is currently a principal intern and second-grade teacher at Hugh Cole Elementary School in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District.  

Viveiros has been employed by the Bristol-Warren school district since 1999, where she has worked as both a special education inclusion and regular education teacher.  

While there, she has been responsible for evaluating and modifying a school-wide behavioral support program (PBIS); facilitated professional learning communities with staff; supported teachers with the development of student and professional goals; been a member of curriculum development teams in math, science, and writing; and served on the district writing and Superintendent’s Advisory Committees.

Viveiros holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She will complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in July.  

Lisa Little

Little is currently a half-time guidance counselor and half-time house leader at Portsmouth Middle School.  

Little began her career as a special education teacher in the Portsmouth School District. In addition to being a special educator, she has been a regular education classroom teacher and guidance counselor.  

At Portsmouth Middle School, she has served as a NECAP testing coordinator; served on the schoolwide leadership, school improvement, literacy, and RtI teams; served as the English Language Arts Coordinator; and was involved in the evaluation of teachers.

Little holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Little earned her master’s degree in counseling from Providence College.  

She will be completing the educational leadership program through the Principal’s Residency Network in June. 

Robert E May 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Why are we hiring from outside the district and someone who have not even compleated their masters yet. I find it hard to beleave we could not find someone with a masters who was quilified for this job in the district.
East side May 23, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Especially when she is replacing someone with a Doctor's degree. I'm not sure whom would be more insulted.
Rev. Shaw Moore May 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Do we really need a 4th-5th grade VP? Nothing else to spend money on in the district?
Town resident for many years May 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I am in agreement with all three comments above from East side, Rev. Shaw Moore and Robert E
Elizabeth K May 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I Agree with previous posters. American College of Education?
Where is the Logic? May 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I am amazed that in these economic times, we need to create another Vice-Principal position. I went through the Portsmouth Middle School many years ago and one principal and one vice principal was all that was needed to maintain a well run school. This position just seems totally unnecessary.
East side May 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
First runner up was - Sally Struthers correspondence school
Robert E May 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
American College of Education is an online school offering masters degrees
Richard Doctor May 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Those of you posting here have not mastered the skill of writing. It would appear that the new principal is certainly more educated than you. Please do the world a favor, turn off your Internet and nail the doors shut from the inside of your caves. Your negativity is most unwelcome.
Robert E May 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Why is saying that we think the school dept. should hire from the inside negative? There are plenty of qualified teachers in the Portsmouth school system that have better qualifications then the person they hired. Hiring from within boosts moral. You seem to be the one with the negative attitude on here you can disagree without the need to insult them.
Mike P. May 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Cut public safety / lay of DPW / Create a new non-teaching position. Does this seem stupid to anyone else but me?
Jane D May 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I have to agree with Robert E on this one.......Hiring someone who is already in district and understands the dynamics of this town, the families and the students seems like a no brainer....not too mention- why didn't we hire someone with Principal experiance??????? I'm completely disappointed and shocked by this decision.

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