Two New Principals Lead Wethersfield Elementary Schools
WETHERSFIELD - Elementary schools in the Wethersfield district will see some changes in the administrative offices this coming year, as new principals have been appointed at both Emerson Williams and Charles Wright. 

       At a special Board of Education meeting held July 24, former Sedgwick Middle School assistant principal Nella Thakur was appointed to the head position at Emerson Williams, while Glenn Horter, previously the principal at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain, was given the nod to lead the staff at Charles Wright.

       For Thakur, Emerson Williams is the next stop in what has been a 20-year career that includes stints as a teacher in both the Bloomfield and Ellington school districts. She has been the assistant principal at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford since 2003. 

       “Neela brings experience as an administrator,” said Wethersfield Superintendent of Schools Michael Emmett. “She’s clearly well-versed on curriculum. She’s implemented multiple programs.” 

       Thakur was also at the reins when it came to introducing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which will replace the Connecticut Mastery Test, while she was in West Hartford. 

       While Thakur brings a plethora of experience from out of the district, Horter has worked in schools out of state. Over the span of his 28-year career, he has held teaching positions in Royersford, Penn., as well as in Appomattox, Va. 

       As Wethersfield, like other districts, prepares to transition in order to comply with sweeping education reform mandates, tools such as classroom technology and data have been discussed. In New Britain, Horter worked to incorporate both while establishing a School Governance Council. 

       “He’s very keyed-in to looking at data not from just a global level, but really keying down to the specifics,” Emmett said. 

       Horter is also experienced with establishing curricula that support English language learners, according to Emmett. 

       “He understands that developing a rich vocabulary and using it throughout the school day is important,” Emmett said.