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Spring concert at Danbury Elementary ends with heartfelt farewell to departing principal

Danbury Elementary School Principal Annmarie Holloran presented Bertha Brown, her very first administrative assistant, with a bouquet of flowers on Monday evening as she prepares to move on to a fulltime position as principal of New Hampton Community School in the coming school year. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 16, 2017
DANBURY — Danbury Elementary School opened their doors and welcomed families to a special event on Monday, when Author Night provided a look at all of the wonderful writing accomplishments of the students in Grades K-5, and the enjoyment of a Spring Concert and a salute to faculty and staff was held later in the evening.

Led by Newfound Area School District's music teacher, Ethan Brown, the students at each grade level performed a number of songs and also shared their thoughts about their teachers.

Words like wonderful, loving, intelligent, witty, outstanding and respectful were among the many descriptions they came up with, capped off with praise for a teacher one student said was "epic, and she rules!"

At the conclusion of the concert, the DES students, faculty and PTO then saluted Principal Annmarie Holloran as she prepares to move on to a full time position as principal of New Hampton Community School next year.

Holloran has been with DES for 12 years, splitting her time between Danbury and New Hampton. For the coming year, the Newfound Area School District decided the time had come to give each of the two schools a full time administrator and awarded Halloran the position in New Hampton.

In her speech to the crowd on hand that night, Holloran thanked all who believed in "a rookie principal" more than a decade ago and all who supported her over the past 2,160 school days she has been in Danbury.

"I'm the lucky one. I had an amazing job for the past 12 years…in this experience the students were not the only ones who learned," said Holloran.

She also thanked the community of Danbury, including parents, police, fire, and recreation department members who worked with her and also taught her a lot along the way.

Among the memories Holloran will take with her are amusing times like being duct taped to a wall for a school challenge, spending a day on the roof of the school in another, and the day she was asked to kiss an "unfriendly cow."

She also recalled times as complex as taking a class of students to the Common Man Family of Restaurants to practice etiquette and other memories as simple, yet exciting, as watching a Kindergartener tie their shoes for the first time.

"I love coming to work every day because I have the pleasure of seeing your amazing faces…I will miss you," Holloran said.

Finally she thanked her own family for all the times they pitched in to help a "rookie" administrator make an event special, and her "Three Musketeers," Bertha Brown, Donna Sprague and Audrey Curren, who gave their all in helping her succeed.

"They took me under their wings and taught me about life in a rural town," she said.

As Holloran moves on to her new position at New Hampton Community School, Alison Roberts, former assistant principal of Belmont Elementary School and the current assistant principal at Strafford School, will take over her role in Danbury.

"This opportunity and this experience rocked, and for that, I will be forever grateful," Holloran said.

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