MANCHESTER, NH — Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has named Amy Allen as the new Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education & Innovation in Manchester. The Board of School Committee approved the appointment at Monday night’s meeting.
Allen began working in the district in 2009. She was assistant principal of student services at Hillside Middle School before moving to her most recent position of principal at Parker-Varney Elementary School in 2013. During her time at Parker-Varney, Allen focused on raising achievement for all students, closing the achievement gap, preparing students for college and career, and providing supports for her faculty and staff to accomplish those goals.
Parker-Varney received the 2015 Elementary School of Excellence EDie Award from the New Hampshire Excellence in Education committee. In 2016, the school was recognized by the National Principals Leadership Institute with the School Innovation and Change Award. Parker-Varney has received national attention this year for establishing multi-grade classrooms for effective instruction.
“Ms. Allen has an excellent reputation for collaboration and for using innovative and transformative approaches to education to help students succeed,” said Dr. Vargas. “That’s the kind of 21st century leadership we want in Manchester to continue the progress we’re making. With community-wide support, she will help us to achieve our goal of becoming the best urban district in New England and the nation.”
As the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education & Innovation, Allen will work to help all of Manchester’s grades K-12 schools enhance project-based, personalized learning.
“My passion is working with people, especially those who are committed to educating children,” said Allen. “I am excited for the opportunity to use my strengths in the areas of innovation and deeper learning to benefit students across the district.”
Parker-Varney’s assistant principal will serve as acting principal of the school until a permanent principal is named.