Anna Parrill of Soule Tops the List as NH Elementary Principal of the Year

February 6, 2015
Anna Parrill

Anna Parrill

by Jay Hobson

Superintendent Michael Delahanty was not surprised, but he certainly was pleased to learn that Soule School Principal Anna Parrill was named Elementary School Principal of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals on Jan. 8.

“It’s a great award to be honored with, but it really is a team effort coming from a great district and a great school,” Parrill said.

Parrill explained that after she was nominated by Superintendent of Schools Delahanty, there was a process of essay writing and school site visits, and eventually 48 students, parents and teachers and members of the district’s leadership team were interviewed by a committee of about 10 or 11 people.

Parrill, who hails from Ohio, came to New England as an assistant basketball coach at Middlebury College.

She received her master’s degree at the University of Vermont and, after coaching, moved into teaching and administration.

“I’ve been here at Soule for nine years and before that I was in Hampstead, Dover and Nashua,” Parrill said.

It was while she was principal in Dover that Delahanty met Parrill.

“I met Anna when she was principal of Hampstead Middle School when my son was a student, and she impressed me as a very effective and compassionate, dedicated administrator,” Delahanty said.  “That was from a parent’s perspective, but a parent who had an education background, so I know what a middle school principal’s job is and I was a middle school principal here in Salem.”

Delahanty said that when the district was looking for a principal for the Soule School, Parrill showed interest in becoming an elementary school principal; he hoped she would consider Salem.

“I didn’t participate in the interview process, asked the interview team to come up with one or two names and then I get an opportunity to interview the finalist, and Anna was the consensus as the best choice for that school,” Delahanty said.

Delahanty said that he was thrilled to bring her to Salem as principal of Soule School.

“She has not disappointed.  She is an incredible team player,” Delahanty said.