Christopher MacDonald named new principal at Manchester's Parker-Varney School

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Jul. 27—Christopher MacDonald has been named the new principal at Parker-Varney Elementary School, Manchester school officials announced Wednesday.

MacDonald recently completed a sabbatical and has 12 years of administrative experience in Manchester schools, a spokesperson for the Manchester School District said in a news release. Prior to working in Manchester, he taught third and fourth grade in Hooksett.

MacDonald replaces Kelly Espinola, who left Parker-Varney earlier this summer to take over as principal at Southside Middle School.

"I am excited to be back on the West Side and the next principal of Parker-Varney," MacDonald said in a statement. "I look forward to meeting the staff, students, and families this fall and having a successful school year."

Superintendent of Schools Jenn Gillis said she feels MacDonald will be a strong addition to the team already in place at Parker-Varney.

"Principal MacDonald will help continue the school's tradition of excellence and innovation," Gillis said in a statement. "I hope that you'll join us in welcoming him to this new role."

MacDonald earned undergraduate degrees in education and psychology from Westfield State University, a masters in educational administration from the University of New Hampshire and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University.

He is currently completing a doctoral degree at Southern New Hampshire University.