Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent announced the appointment of Michael J. Downs, as the new principal of the Andrews Middle School.
“Mr. Downs brings great energy, extensive leadership experience and a deep commitment to excellence to the Andrews community. It is my belief that his skill set will continue to provide the very best educational experience for students and parents of the Andrews Middle School,” said Edouard-Vincent.
Mr. Downs brings eighteen years of administrative experience to the Medford Public Schools. Most recently, he served as Assistant Principal at North Reading High School. He previously served as Associate Building Principal at Methuen High School and was also Chair of the Social Studies Department. In addition, Mr. Downs is a retired prior enlisted United States Air Force Captain, having served our country both home, abroad and in the reserves for twenty years.
Michael Downs began his educational career teaching social studies at Merrimack High School in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He received his Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education from Plymouth State College, his Master of School Administration from Rivier College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education Administration from Salem State College. Mr. Downs has also been a professional development presenter discussing effective grading and assessments, and he served on the District Technology Committee, School Renovation Committee, NEASC Committee for Curriculum and the NEASC Committee for Leadership and Supervision.
Additionally, Mr. Downs has served as a coach for Women’s Basketball at Lasell College, and also coached varsity girls soccer, varsity boys basketball, and junior varsity baseball at the high school level. Mr. Downs was voted Favorite Teacher of the Year by the Class of 2000 at Merrimack High School and was named Educator of the Year in 2005 by the Junior ROTC at Methuen High School.
“I feel very excited and very fortunate to be a part of the Medford team. What drives my work in education is to do what is best for the kids. It’s my core value,” said Downs.
“Mr. Downs looks forward to working collaboratively with the teachers and staff at the Andrews to continue to provide the very best education for all of the students,” said Dr. Edouard-Vincent.
Mr. Downs will be present for the first day of school on August 28, 2018.