Editor’s Note: Potter Road Principal Paula Del Prete was one of two recipients of the two first-ever We Are Grateful award by the Framingham High School Foundation at the 26th Annual Salute to Framingham Thursday night. The other honoree was Ed Gotgart. The report below is courtesy of the Foundation.
FRAMINGHAM – For just over three decades, Paula Del Prete has positively affected thousands of lives of children and families from across Framingham.
As a teacher and administrator at numerous schools in the district, Paula has had significant impact on and enriched the lives of many children.
Throughout her career in Framingham, Paula taught at Brophy Elementary school, was a special educator at Walsh Middle School, served as special education team chair at Fuller Middle School, held assistant principal posts at Walsh Middle and Barbieri Elementary schools and most recently, has served the last nine years as principal at Potter Road Elementary School.
During her tenure at Potter Road, Ms. Del Prete has overseen numerous changes, development and growth of the school – including the implementation of transitional bilingual education, sheltered English immersion, and now Potter Road’s two-way Portuguese immersion program.
She has been a tireless advocate for all children that have come through her doors of her own classrooms, along with the doors of Potter Road.
Throughout her work, she’s always been guided by the question, “Is this what is best for students?”
Over the years, Ms. Del Prete has toughed the lives of generations of families.
Her relationships with students extend far beyond the four walls of the school building.
Throughout her time as an educator, she’s attended student soccer games and performances, family celebrations, and made sure that students know she’s always a part of their extended families.
Though she’s retiring this year, she’s not finished with her life’s work.
She’ll remain in the Framingham Public Schools as a mentor principal to continue to guide the teaching and learning of new generations of students by offering guidance and support to newer administrators in the district.
Her past, present, and future impact on the children of Framingham will continue for a very long time.
For all she has done for the students in Framingham “We Are Grateful.”
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