By Thomas P. Caldwell
BRISTOL — The Newfound Area School District will provide opportunities for residents to meet the two finalists for the principal's position at Newfound Regional High School. Christopher Lord will be at the high school media center on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 5 p.m., while Paul Hoiriis will be there on Thursday, April 2, during the same hours.
The informal sessions will allow the community to meet the candidates and to provide their impressions to the interview committee.
Christopher Lord is co-leader of the High School Principal's Think Tank, based out of Merrimack College. The think tank provides opportunities for the principals to meet and discuss current topics of interest. Lord previously served as the principal of the Andover (Mass.) Public Schools and, for nine years prior to that, he was principal of Shea High School in Pawtucket, R.I.
Lord obtained his bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Tufts University. He received his master of arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University and his doctor of philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut.
He was the Rhode Island Parent Information Network's Principal of the Year in 2004 and was a finalist for the Rhode Island Principal of the Year award in 2011.
Lord has a strong teaching background and has multiple years of administrative experience.
The other candidate, Paul Hoiriis, is the current assistant principal at NRHS. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Baylor University and received his juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law.
After serving in a variety of legal positions, Hoiriis found his calling in education. He began his teaching career as a para-educator and quickly moved to a seventh grade Social Studies teaching position at Newfound Memorial Middle School. He began the assistant principalship at NRHS in 2011.
The NH Association of School Principals New Hampshire named Hoiriis Assistant Principal of the Year for 2015 and Hoiriis also received the Carole J. Estes Community Leader Award from Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY).
During the candidate sessions, there will be an opportunity for informal dialogue as well as a more structured question-and-answer time.
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