Dinardo steps up as new prin­ci­pal for Mans­field El­e­men­tary,

Dinardo named new prin­ci­pal to lo­cal el­e­men­tary school

The Covington News - - News - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

Though the Mans­field El­e­men­tary School fam­ily was sad­dened to hear of the pend­ing re­tire­ment of G.W. Davis next year, it found its ex­cite­ment again since it was an­nounced that pop­u­lar as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Lynn Dinardo will step into the po­si­tion.

Dur­ing her 21-year ca­reer with the New­ton County School Sys­tem, Dinardo has been the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at both Fic­quett and Rocky Plains el­e­men­tary schools be­fore mov­ing to Mans­field two years ago.

She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion in 1983 from Fitch­burg State Col­lege in Fitch­burg, Mass., her mas­ter’s in ad­min­is­tra­tion/su­per­vi­sion from Troy Univer­sity in 2002, as well as a read­ing spe­cial­ist cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that same year from Troy Univer­sity, an ed­u­ca­tion lead­er­ship cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from West Ge­or­gia Col­lege in 2005 and her doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship in 2010 from Walden Univer­sity.

With MES be­ing one of the top schools in the county, Dinardo plans to keep do­ing what’s made it so suc­cess­ful in the past — work with and sup­port the other ed­u­ca­tors in the build­ing to­ward a com­mon goal of suc­cess.

“The fac­ulty and staff at MES are fab­u­lous. They all work to­gether with one goal in mind, stu­dent achieve­ment. The fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity have sup­ported MES and I hope will con­tinue to sup­port us as we strive to­wards ex­cel­lence,” said Dinardo in an email Thurs­day. “We will con­tinue to use re­search­based in­struc­tional strate­gies, fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing Com­mon Core Ge­or­gia Per­for­mance Stan­dards, and work as a com­mu­nity to reach our goal of pro­vid­ing qual­ity learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to pro­mote a love of learn­ing.”

And when asked how she feels about be­ing the suc­ces­sor of the longest­stand­ing prin­ci­pal in

New­ton County, Dinardo spoke highly of Davis, say­ing he has been in­stru­men­tal to the suc­cess of the school.

“Mr. Davis has played a very im­por­tant role in the suc­cess of Mans­field El­e­men­tary School. He and I have worked to­gether for the past two years with one goal in mind- stu­dent achieve­ment. My hope is that the fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents and par­ents con­tinue to strive to at­tain the same high stan­dards that have been a part of MFES for many years. At Mans­field El­e­men­tary School we will move for­ward with im­ple­ment­ing the CCGPS and work­ing to­wards pro- vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence for all stu­dents,” she said.

As for Davis, he couldn’t think of a bet­ter per­son to step into his shoes.

“I am tremen­dously pleased that the New­ton County School Sys­tem has ap­pointed Dr. Lynne DiNardo as prin­ci­pal of Mans­field El­e­men­tary School,” he said Wed­nes­day. “She is a hard worker with a heart for chil­dren. As a res­i­dent of our com­mu­nity she has come to un­der­stand just how spe­cial a com­mu­ni­ty­cen­tered school can be. I can only wish for her that she will feel as blessed to serve the Mans­field School fam­ily as I have been the past two decades. For me leav­ing is dif­fi­cult. I re­ally love this school. Her ap­point­ment makes a hard thing much eas­ier.”

Am­ber Pittman/the Cov­ing­ton News

Dr. Lynn Dinardo will re­place G.W. Davis and step into the prin­ci­pal po­si­tion for Mans­field El­e­men­tary School next year.

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