Andover High School has a new interim principal, four weeks after Caitlin Brown unexpectedly resigned and a week after the 2023-24 school year.

Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor will start in her new role on Monday. In a note to AHS families Thursday, Superintendent Magda Parvey said Brown will stay on through next Friday to aid the transition. Taylor recently retired as principal of Beverly High School and has worked in education for more than 40 years.

“Ms. Taylor has led several robust initiatives including NEASC accreditations, new school construction projects and renovations, a one-to-one laptop program, whole school curriculum revision, the implementation of a freshman academy, and co-teaching teams,” Parvey said. “Ms. Taylor is excited for the opportunity to work with the Andover High School community and support the great work of the district.”

Brown is leaving to become Dean of Newton South High School’s Goodwin House. The school has four houses, which are aimed at building “smaller communities within Newton South.” Parvey’s note did not have details on the process or timeline for selecting a permanent replacement for Brown.

Taylor taught English and theater arts before being named Beverly High assistant principal in 2008. She took over as principal in 2017, emerging as the district’s choice from a pool of more than 50 applicants.

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