Tobin principal gets promotion

Cheryl Watson-Harris has left her position as principal of the Tobin K-8 School, moving up on the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) hierarchy to become a network assistant superintendent.

“I have loved every minute of working in Mission Hill, and am very proud of the progress of the Tobin School,” Watson-Harris, who was principal for 10 years, said in an email to the Gazette. “I will miss my Mission Hill home.”

In a letter to Tobin partners, Superintendent Carol Johnson said in Watson-Harris’ new role, she will support “academic excellence and student achievement” in a group of BPS elementary, middle and K-8 schools.

“This transition is part of a larger effort to realign out central district services to better support students, teachers and schools,” she stated in the letter.

Assistant Principal Nadine Marcellus will lead the school until a new principal is selected before the next school year, according to BPS spokesperson Matt Wilder. He said that the Tobin’s site council, which consists of parents, will work with Johnson to help make that choice.

Asked if a principal leaving midyear might be a disruption, Wilder replied he is sure Watson-Harris would not have left if she felt in doing so would have done that.

“Tobin has a good structure in place,” said Wilder.

The Tobin K-8 School is located at 40 Smith Street.

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