WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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of that commitment, it was only during the high school years that Connolly put her goals of administration into a higher gear. In fact, she advanced from Williams Elementary School principal in Newton to vice principal of Newton North High School while her daughter was a high school freshman. "She was worried, but I was excited," laughs Connolly. "The district gave me so many opportunities, and I wanted to give back." Today, their daughter attends Bard College and their son is a junior at Newton North High School. At the Ready When Opportunity Knocked Connolly was hired two years ago as the director of student services for Weston. "Special educa- tion in Weston is going through positive, significant changes to meet the individual needs of our kids. I wanted to carry on the work that came before me and build upon it. That's what drew me here," explains Connolly. Pam B. Bator, assistant superintendent for district advancement for Weston Public Schools, distinctly remembers when Connolly first came to Weston. "It was clear that at the core of every meeting and every decision is the student," says Bator. "Because it is right for students is her mantra, and she holds us all to this truth." Her colleagues couldn't agree more. Jennifer Truslow, who replaced Connolly as director of student services, has known her for more than a dozen years, working together in Newton Public Schools, when Connolly was the principal at Williams and Truslow was the assistant principal for student services at Brown Middle School. "She and I worked together on some tricky cases and I find Midge to be a strong, confident, and supportive leader who puts the needs of students at the center of everything she does," says Truslow. "Her intelligence and wonderful sense of J O H N H A R M O N W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 153

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