MEMS gets new vice principal

MANCHESTER - Kim Tenner has a lot of work to do before September as the new assistant principal of Manchester Elementary and Middle School (MEMS). She flipped through a notebook, laughing at how many pages were filled with notes and to-do lists.

"I'm going to be really busy," she said.

Tenner has worked at MEMS the last nine years as a teacher, and she said that she is going to have to get used to working in a different capacity. "I really want to make sure I spend time in each classroom, but in a different way," she said. "The kids... the parents and the staff all know me, but they know me as a teacher. I'm going to need to get to know them in a new role."

Her position as assistant principal began after the Manchester School Board meeting on July 8, where she was voted in unanimously by the board; her official start date was July 15.

Tenner is stepping in to take a position similar to one formerly held by Bill Basyk. His title, however, was Dean of Students.

"We wanted to go back to a more traditional approach," said MEMS Principal Sarah Merrill of why the school chose to return to a assistant principal position rather than dean of students. "We'll be working very closely -like a team."

Merril explained that this is not the first time that the two of them have worked together in similar positions. "We both... taught third and fourth grade," said Merrill. "We have worked together for a while."

Tenner has been working at MEMS for the past nine years; eight of those years were spent teaching third grade, and one teaching fourth.

Prior to her time at MEMS, she was teaching in Houston, Texas,


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