Andover Elementary School has new principal

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Aug. 5—Andover Elementary School will start the new school year with a new principal.

Taylor Parker began as principal as of July 1. She succeeds John Briody, who retired from the position at the end of June, after eight years in the role.

"I do not have any plans for the future yet, but I am looking forward to some travel and some golf," Briody said.

Parker, meanwhile, is looking forward to welcoming students back to school when it reopens for the new school year on August 31, and expanding on school- wide family events as, hopefully, the coronavirus continues to wane.

" We're excited to get back to normal, and of course I'm still learning what ' normal' is like here at Andover Elementary," Parker said.

Prior accepting the position in Andover, Parker was an assistant principal in the Vernon school district. She also previously taught in Ellington and in East Granby schools, at different times serving as a lead teacher, a second grade teacher, a third grade teacher, a fifth grade teacher and a sixth grade teacher.

Parker received her own education from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Like Briody before her, Parker plans to keep the lines of communication open between her office and parents with frequent updates.

" Communication is important," she said.

Although only in the position for just over a month, she has enjoyed it so far and is excited to get to know the students now that she has gotten to know the rest of the school.

" I've gotten to meet a lot of the staff, and am getting a feel for the new year," Parker said. "It's going well."

Andover Superintendent Valerie Bruneau said that the

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