Principal Can't Wait

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People / Aug. 22, 2002 12:00am EDT

For Kids To Show Up

Principal Can't Wait

Mark Mooney, new principal at Brookfield School, can't wait until the school-and its now empty playground-is filled with kids. (Herald photo / Robert Eddy)Mark Mooney, new principal at Brookfield School, can't wait until the school-and its now empty playground-is filled with kids. (Herald photo / Robert Eddy)

For Kids To Show Up

New Brookfield Principal Mark Mooney is looking forward to the first day of school: Working in an empty school building all summer is clearly not his thing.

"I’m just anxious to get the school year going," he said this week. "People tell you this, and people tell you that—but I need to see it in action.

"I’m more comfortable when the halls are filled with kids," he continued. "This summer stuff has been tough."

Mooney is also looking forward to meeting the entire community—a process he started this spring when he traveled up from his former home in Connecticut to attend the potluck celebration to honor retiring Prin. Bill Pollock.

A long-time resident of the East Windsor District—working in three schools there over 19 years—Mooney is used to "knowing everybody."

Because he also coached varsity sports, including soccer and basketball, he often coached kids he had formerly taught, Mooney noted.

His education experience includes 16 years of teaching social studies, math, and health to students in grades 6-8. For the last two years, he was the assistant to the principal at a grades 3-6 intermediate school.

Because of the requirements of his new job, Mooney said he plans for now to restrict his coaching to working with his own three children.

Son Spencer, grade 10, and daughter Madeline, grade 8, will attend U-32 High School. Son Colin will be a fourth grader at Roxbury Elementary.

Mooney said his wife, Brenda, who worked as a preschool teacher, is not working for now, in order to concentrate on getting the Mooney kids "off to a good start."

Potluck Invite

The Brookfield community is invited to meet Mr. Mooney at the annual beginning-of-the-school-year potluck Monday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m. at the school.

By Sandy Cooch

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