Theriault-Regan Named New Principal Of Tewksbury High

Theriault-Regan will succeed Patricia Lally, who resigned to become the new assistant superintendent.

With a in less than 60 days, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor wasted little time in naming a new principal.

Brenda Theriault-Regan, presently the assistant principal at the John Ryan Middle School, has been selected to succeed Dr. Patricia Lally as . Lally resigned earlier this month after being

O'Connor said he kept the screening process simple, only posting the opening at the high school internally. He interviewed two candidates for the position and feels strongly that Theriault-Regan is the right person for the job. He cited her experience with curriculum, technology and data investigation.

"(Theriault-Regan's) infectious personality, combined with her impressive leadership skills, make her an ideal candidate to fill this highly visible position," said O'Connor.

While the job may be new for Theriault-Regan, the students will not be, as many passed through the Ryan School while Theriault-Regan was a teacher there from 2000-2009.

"There is a huge benefit for the incoming principal to have first hand knowledge of the students and staff," said O'Connor. "Brenda will know 85 percent of the students by name!"

Theriault-Regan, who did not immediately return messages seeking comment, has a remarkable work history and has risen quickly through the educational ranks.

Before earning her bachelor's degree from Lesley College and becoming a teacher in 2000, Theriault-Regan had worked professionally as a restaurant manager, in public relations/advertising/marketing and as a meeting planner.

A Tewksbury resident, she began teaching full-time at the Ryan School in 2000, teaching 6th grade reading and math. In 2003, she earned her Master's Degree from Fitchburg State and later her certificate of advanced graduate study in educational leadership from American International College. In 2009 she was named assistant principal at Ryan.

According to O'Connor, Theriault-Regan will assume the duties of principal of TMHS on July 1. However, she and Lally will work closely over a two-month period to assure a smooth transition.


Steve Crane June 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I am thrilled that Mrs. Regan is the new principle. She exhibits extensive leadership qualities, and her passion and commitment show no end. She is going to totally own this new job. She has the type of personality that just won't give up and strives to improve her abilities each day. Mrs. Regan will be the first person to show up in the morning and the last to leave in the afternoon. I foresee her bringing an increased sense of community and spirit to the high school which has been lacking. In response to those framing her as "just an elementary teacher", please realize that a great leader will succeed in any environment they are put in, and Mrs. Regan is the personification of leadership.
Steve Crane June 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
J. S. June 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Great, I am sure she will continue to add more 'smart' boards to TMHS.
Sheryl July 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Just wanted to sat that my son will be a sophmore in september and she was never his teacher and he wasnt at the ryan when she was promoted to assistant principal. Hence.....knowing the majority of kids by their first name. She was wonderful to work with when i needed her support during my daughters time at the ryan. Good luck Brenda
SAM July 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM


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