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By Paul Lonardo
Kevin McNamara recently stepped down as principal of Lincoln High School to accept the post of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Lincoln School Department.
Being responsible for all grade levels and schools in the town will be a new challenge for the school administrator, but he knows he will not be alone in achieving the goals he has for advancing the educational experiences and opportunities for students in Lincoln. McNamara is grateful for the support and confidence of the Lincoln School Committee and Superintendent Lawrence Filippelli.
“We have a tremendous group of administrators and excellent teachers, in the elementary schools, middle school and high school,” McNamara says. “We also have a wonderful community that has supported education throughout the years, but most notably by voting for $60 million dollars to renovate the high school. So there’s lots of support as well as high expectations in the Lincoln community.”
McNamara says the broad focus of his position is basic; teaching and learning. “My role is to support teachers and administrators in their work every day in classrooms with students.”
Ensuring alignment in the curriculum among the schools is one of the biggest considerations out of the gate according to McNamara.
“It should be reasonable to expect that a child, let’s say in grade four at Saylesville Elementary, would have the same tasks and curriculum as a student would have in any other school in the district.”
While McNamara has officially stepped down as principal of Lincoln High, he is still taking responsibility for the school until a new principal is named, and even after that happens, he will be involved in some capacity until construction at the school is complete. He will remain on the building committee, attending the weekly construction meetings, and will be Superintendent Filippelli’s eyes and ears for the building project.
“We have a lot going on and there is a lot to be excited about in our schools,” McNamara says. “We are moving in a really good direction in education in Lincoln. It’s an exciting time, and we will make sure that we live up to the expectations of the community.”
McNamara grew up in Smithfield and went through the town school system, graduating from Smithfield High School in 1995. He attended Providence College and received a Master of Education degree in 2004, beginning his administrative career in education the following year, becoming an Assistant Principal at Lincoln High School. He has also served as a teacher, athletic director, and became principal in 2008. McNamara is leaving his post on a high note after being named the Rhode Island Association of School Principals 2019 Secondary Principal of the Year. His achievement was recognized in a ceremony held last April at the high school, where for eleven years he developed a reputation as a caring and hands-on administrator who earned the respect of fellow educators and students alike.
While the popular principal will be missed in the classrooms and hallways at Lincoln High School, he is sure to continue to work hard for the community and take the Lincoln public school system in a positive direction.