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Damon Pearce is New Britain High School Principal


On June 20, the New Britain Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Mr. Damon Pearce as the next principal of New Britain High School. Pearce, a familiar name in the district, stood out as a candidate that could positively impact the students and the community at NBHS.

Pearce previously served as Associate Principal at NBHS from 2005-2014. Prior to his position as associate principal, he taught history at the middle and high school level in Glastonbury and East Hartford. Most recently, he served as principal of Suffield Middle School for the past four years. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a Sixth Year Educational Leadership certificate from Central Connecticut State University.

Superintendent Nancy Sarra, in officially recommending Pearce to the Board of Education for approval, spoke about her excitement for Pearce and his leadership.

“I’ve had several conversations with Mr. Pearce. He comes with passion, and with the belief that all students can and all staff can. That is very important to me because everyone has the potential to be great. I am thrilled that he has agreed to be a part of our team.”

After the Board unanimously voted to approve the appointment, Pearce spoke to those in attendance saying, “I’m super, super excited. This building has enormous capacity and enormous potential. We are going to do this. Together. Guaranteed.”

Nicole Rodriguez, Board of Education President, detailed an extensive interview process that included teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents, board members and community partners. Ultimately, six interview teams were assembled and over 60 people interviewed the candidates.

“I am pleased to say that it has been a long and fruitful process that has been focused on our community and on New Britain. The Board is pleased with the results and we are looking forward to seeing Pearce build an environment of stability and positivity at NBHS.”

Along with Sarra and Rodriguez, other administrative members within the school district spoke about their hope for the future under Pearce’s leadership. Sal Escobales, president of the Local 871 Teachers’ Union, said the union looks forward to working together with Pearce to move NBHS forward. Kerri-Lynn Major, NBHS Acting Principal, expressed her high hopes for the high school under Pearce’s leadership, saying that a new leader means new opportunities for positive change.

Pearce will officially begin this summer to begin preparations for the upcoming school year, but his unofficial return to New Britain began with laughter this evening as he joked to the crowd of Board and faculty members with his trademark saying, “Stay fresh, stay poppin’, New Britain!” About the Consolidated School District of New Britain In partnership with family and community, the Consolidated School District of New Britain works to provide the best personalized and comprehensive whole-child education at every level so students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future. The Consolidated School District of New Britain strives to pursue excellence one student a time. For more information, visit