** In Honor of National Principals’ Month **
Maine’s Positive PRINCIPAL Story of the Day ~ Kim Sampietro, Dayton Colsolidated School ~
Hello! My name is Kim Sampietro and I am the proud Principal of Dayton Consolidated School, a PreK-5 school where I have served for the past 9 years. Before coming to Dayton, I worked for 12 years at Brunswick Jr. High where I started as a 6th grade Language Arts Teacher (serving as both a department chair and team leader) before moving into the role of Instructional Strategist/RtI. I also enjoyed being a 3 sport coach during my time in Brunswick (soccer, basketball and track) where I was able to connect in different ways with students outside of the classroom. I have presented at conferences through the MPA and AMLE. In 2020, I had the honor of being named NAESP National Distinguished Principal of the Year. What an experience during the height of COVID! I also enjoy serving new administrators through the MPA Mentor/Protégé Program.
Having grown up with a mother in education (she was my middle school principal!!), I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t hanging around a school. I also don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to work with kids. I LOVE the humor of middle school kids and equally LOVE the innocence of elementary aged students. During the school year, we spend more hours a day with students than families in most cases. That is a lot of opportunities throughout the day to make a positive impact. Whether it is helping students figure out a math problem, advocating their needs with a student or hugging a student who needs a little extra support in the morning leaving home, I am so thankful to have a job where I can help others to be the best they can be. In turn, it has guided me to be the best I can be. I enjoy working with other hard working working educators in my building, around the state and connecting with families all with the same goal of serving students- our future!