Last night the RSU 18 School Board unanimously voted to approve Paula Callan’s nomination as the new principal of Messalonskee High School. With a fourteen year tenure as assistant principal at MHS on top of numerous other qualifications, Ms Callan’s appointment offers the school community strong leadership and consistency in direction.
Ms. Callan holds a B.S. in Special Education from University of Maine at Farmington and a M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Maine. She worked as a resource room instructor in the Augusta School Department for 10 years prior to becoming an administrator, and has worked as assistant principal at Cony High School, Morse High School and Lincoln Academy. She is also currently an active member of the Maine Principals’ Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Kennebec Consortium for School Administrators.
Named 2016 Maine Assistant Principal of the year, Callan is frequently praised for her personal approach with students and her emphasis on keeping student needs at the forefront of school decisions. Ms. Callan has also done a great deal of work to increase suicide prevention in schools, both within our district and at the state level, and was awarded the 2016 Caring about Lives Award by the Department of Health and Human Services.
When asked about her goals for MHS, Ms. Callan said, “I would like for us to create a culture where every student and faculty member has the opportunity to leave their legacy. The way you do that is by strengthening relationships, reflecting on past practices to improve current practices, supporting bold ideas, and encouraging students and staff to take risks in their learning and teaching.”