ESSEX— The board of education has has picked Scott Jeffrey, currently an assistant principal at an elementary school in South Carolina, as the new principal for Essex Elementary School. The board approved the appointment on a unanimous vote after a final interview with Jeffrey at a meeting Thursday.
Jeffrey, a Connecticut native, will replace Joanne Beekley, who had served as principal at the elementary school for nearly a decade. Beekley was selected on June 7 to become assistant superintendent for the Region 4 Chester-Deep River-Essex school district.
Jeffrey has served for the past two years as assistant principal for an elementary school in Clover, South Carolina, located in York County along the state’s northern border. Jeffrey had worked previously as a teacher at elementary and middle schools in Berlin and Farmington. Jeffrey, who also served as a school athletic director, received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Master of Education Degree in elementary education from the University of Hartford. He later earned a additional Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Carolina.
Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy said the board was impressed with Jeffrey’s “overall knowledge, integrity, compassion, and commitment to excellence,” along with his “exceptional personal style and enthusiasm for elementary school students”. Jeffrey is expected to begin working in Essex later this summer, before the start of the 2012-2013 school year in early September.