Welcome Principal Kevin Palladinetti
First, let me say that I am extremely excited to join the Concord community; a community whose roots run deep with expectations that remain high! Because of the hard work and dedication of the entire school community, the standard has been set. With eager anticipation, I look forward to leading the school as we continue in this tradition of excellence.
In the weeks ahead, once my official transition to Concord has occurred, there will be opportunities for me to engage with the school community. I can’t wait to meet you all and hear more about the Concord Way! For now, I’d like to share a little bit about my background and the path that has led me to you. But before I detail some of my professional experiences, it’s important to share that I am a husband and father of two before I am anything else! I mention this at the onset because the parent journey through high school is equally as important as that of the student. This perspective is not lost on me.
From a very early age, I found myself reflecting upon what my teachers were doing while thinking to myself “that’s not how I would've done that!” It was clear, education was my calling. As a career educator, my professional journey began in 1999. While I loved the years spent in the classroom as an English teacher, my true passion is school leadership. Thankfully, I’ve had the opportunity to do what I love for the last 16 years. In 2007 I was promoted to the role of Assistant Principal, then ultimately to the role of Principal. In fact, for the last 14 years, I have served as a High School Principal. As a school leader, the curve balls come from every angle and you become conditioned to expect the unexpected. With each situation, no matter the underlying tone, we learn and grow. To that end, I am thankful for every experience that has been afforded to me. Simply put, as a veteran school leader I am confident in my abilities to lead this community successfully into the future.
It is clear to me that Concord is a family. From the dozen or so alumni currently working on staff, to those that have chosen CHS due to the reputation for success, the investment is strong! The 22-23 school year slogan of “All In” remains in place moving into the new year. I was pleased to learn this because I believe wholeheartedly in putting people first and developing meaningful relationships; this is true for staff, students, parents and alumni. The four years a student spends in high school should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons. The most effective way to ensure this happens is to have a highly engaged, highly active school community. This is a concept I welcome and embrace! For that reason, and a laundry list of others, I am overjoyed at this opportunity to serve as your Principal and do things the Concord Way!
I look forward to encircling myself in the Concord community.
Kevin M. Palladinetti