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Washington MS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

Washington Middle School Assistant Principal, Andrea Marsh, helps sixth grader Skyler Cartner.

There is a new face at Washington Middle School, assistant principal Andrea Marsh. Mrs. Marsh might be new to Washington but she is a familiar face within the Jamestown Public Schools. Mrs. Marsh took over the position from former assistant principal, Kate Benson, who became Bush Elementary School’s principal when Dan Bracey retired at the end of October.

“When I heard the news that Kate was leaving to go to Bush, I was happy for her new position but Kate had only been with me for one year, we were just starting to get into a routine and COVID hit,” said Washington Middle School Principal Melissa Emerson. “Mrs. Marsh has been a great addition to our family and she has quickly stepped into her role. It’s not always easy coming into a new building, but coming in after the school year has already begun is even more difficult, even without a pandemic. I look forward to many years of learning and growing together with her.”

Mrs. Marsh has been a K-12 instructional coach with Jamestown Public Schools since September 2019 where she facilitated professional development. She also did her administration internships at Fletcher Elementary School and the administration building from September 2018 to January 2019. Mrs. Marsh has also been a fourth grade teacher at Fletcher Elementary School.

Joining the staff at Washington Middle School has been wonderful and I feel right at home,” said Mrs. Marsh. “ I have focused on getting to know our staff, students, and families and determining how I can best support everyone in my role as assistant principal. I have found that I have several connections to our students and their families from previous positions I’ve held in the district and that has been very helpful to me. I had a smooth transition into this role under the guidance of Ms. Emerson and Mrs. Benson. This has been an unusual school year, but together we are all committed to keeping our students safe and making sure students find success in their learning. I am looking forward to continuing to help and support everyone at Washington Middle School!”

Mrs. Marsh received her bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Fredonia, her master’s degree as a reading specialist from Edinboro University and her Certificate of Advanced Study in K-12 Leadership, from the University of Rochester.

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