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Beech Street School principal sworn in as deputy education commissioner

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 16. 2017 12:39PM
Beech Street School Principal Christine Brennan does a farewell lap around the school on Monday. Gov. Chris Sununu swore Brennan in as the deputy education commissioner at the event. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Brooklyn Oser covered her crying eyes in front of her principal at Beech Street Elementary School.


The fifth-grader wasn't in trouble. She was sad Monday that Christine Brennan was sworn in as the next deputy education commissioner and that Thursday would mark her last day as principal.


"My favorite principal," the student said moments after receiving a hug from Brennan, who walked the hallways lined on both sides with cheering staff and students.


Brennan, freshly sworn in by Gov. Chris Sununu, called the display "very emotional and heart-warming.


"I feel like I made an impact on the kids," Brennan said in a brief interview.


During the swearing-in ceremony attended by students sitting in bleachers, Sununu credited his wife for putting Brennan on his radar.


Valerie Sununu visited the school last spring and "she came home and said I found a superstar," the governor recounted. "That's literally what she said. ‘She's got it going on.'"


The Executive Council unanimously confirmed her last month to a four-year term. Brennan was in her 31st year working in the Manchester School District, serving as principal since March 2014.


"I'm excited for her, but I'm really sad," said Michelle Fargo, a second-grade teacher. "I'm going to miss her a lot. She just really cares about the staff and took a personal interest in every one of us."


Brennan told students and guests: "The calling of education is an authentic gift."


Sununu said it's good to "bring in some new people" with fresh ideas, calling Brennan's new job a "wicked big promotion."


Brennan said education will need to rethink some of its old ways.


"In order for New Hampshire students to thrive in a constantly evolving information environment, they will have to become genuine life learners," she said.

mcousineau@unionleader.com


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