| Chris Goudreau
HAMPDEN – Students returning to Green Meadows Elementary School for another school year will be greeted to a new face this September. Sharon Moberg was recently hired to serve as the school’s new principal.
Moberg, who previously served as principal of Sheffield Elementary School in the Gill-Montague Regional School District, started on July 11. Her predecessor, Deborah Thompson, retired after working in the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District (HWRSD) for 26 years.
“I’m really looking forward to this new principalship,” Moberg told Reminder Publications. “I’ve been working really closely alongside Deb Thompson … and we’ve really become fast friends. I’ve found that she’s really hard working and dedicated and she’s warm and kind and I feel very fortunate to be stepping in her shoes.”
Associate Superintendent of Schools Beth Regulbuto said Moberg was the subcommittee for Green Meadow Elementary School’s unanimous choice.
“Mrs. Thompson will be a tough act to follow, but Ms. Moberg’s credentials and experience at Sheffield Elementary School will make her a great fit as the new leader of Green Meadows,” Regulbuto noted.
Since Moberg started working at Green Meadows, one common theme has emerged for her from talking to people – the high level of excellence the school achieves.
“I think that great schools don’t happen by accident,” she added. “Great schools happen with a lot of hard work and collaboration and with parents and the community and teachers and students. It’s definitely a group effort and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
Moberg said one of her top goals as a new principal is to build relationships with students, staff, and parents.
“I’m really anxious to meet the students and to learn all their names and to get familiar with all their different personalities,” she noted. “Of course, I’m also looking forward to building relationships with members of our community and families.”
Moberg, a resident of Springfield, earned her masters degree in education from Westfield State University and a bachelor’s of arts in elementary education from Elms College. She has been in education for 16 years. She was a teacher in grades 2 through 5 in Springfield Public Schools for 12 years before leaving to become assistant principal in a Montague school.
“I’m still very passionate about what I do,” Moberg noted. “It’s nice to know that the career path I’ve chosen is the correct one because I enjoy working with kids on a daily basis. It’s exciting; kids at this age are learning new things. Every single day there are milestones for children.”
Regulbuto said Moberg has experience in providing professional development on a school-based and district-wide basis for teachers, principals, counselors and paraprofessionals. She has also served as an advisor and coach for new and veteran teachers.
Moberg said she plans to host a principal meet and greet on Aug. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school.
“It’s really just an informal way for parents and students to get to know me,” she explained.