BHS assistant prinicipal hired

BEDFORD — A former assistant principal at two New Hampshire high schools has been named to fill the same role at Bedford High.

The Bedford School Board picked Donna Nelson last week to replace Bob Jozokos, who is serving as interim principal for the school year.

Jozokos was promoted to interim principal two weeks ago after Stephen Donovan abruptly resigned after being charged with drunken driving.

Nelson was hired this summer to serve as the School to Career Counselor at Bedford High School. She began her role as assistant principal immediately.

Prior to coming to Bedford, Nelson was the Assistant Principal Director of Career & Technical Education at Concord High from 2002-09.

“We are fortunate to have found someone with Mrs. Nelson’s experience and qualifications,” Bedford Superintendent of Schools Tim Mayes wrote last week in his blog. “She develops productive relationships with students, has experience in implementing competencies, and brings strong organizational skills to the high school administrative team. Donna will be a valuable resource for our students, parents and staff as we expand our programming to four grades.”

During her tenure at Concord Nelson developed partnerships, student transition internships, and dual credit opportunities for students, according to a press release from the district. She has extensive experience with the development of career and technical education. She has experience using student performance data to improve student literacy skills in addition to developing dropout prevention and student support programs.

Nelson served as assistant principal at John Stark Regional High School in Weare from 1999-2002.

While at John Stark, she was the co-chair of the NEASC Accreditation Self Study Steering Committee, supervised evaluated the teaching staff, and was responsible for student discipline for all grades among other responsibilities.

She earned her master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire.