NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Mary Ryan, former principal of Finn Elementary School in Southborough, has been an educator since 1964. This fall, she will bring her extensive experience to Peaslee Elementary School in Northborough, filling the spot vacated by Scott Bazydlo.
Bazydlo announced his departure from Peaslee at the end of last school year. Shortly thereafter, Superintendent Charles Gobron told the Northborough K-8 School Committee that two rounds of interviews had failed to produce a suitable candidate. He then announced his selection of Ryan, who will serve as interim principal for the full 2012-13 school year unless a permanent replacement can be found sooner.
"I have a lot of attachment to the district," Ryan said Thursday. "So, when Charles called me, I said I'd be part of the process."
Ryan retired from Finn last year, but she hasn't been able to stay away from teaching. "I come from a family of educators," she said. "It was something I've always wanted to do." She serves as an adjunct professor at American International College, where she teaches and supervises students who are training to be school administrators.
"I think if you're in education, you're committed to making things work." Ryan said.
At Peaslee, Ryan hopes to provide a sense of stability to students, teachers and parents. Though she is excited to sit down with staff members and discuss ways to move forward, she is not looking to develop any new major initiatives.
"The main thing is to keep the staff and students in a good place," she said. "I'm not here to make changes."