Our Principal

August 2017

Dear Cushing Students, Families, and Community Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my excitement about my new role as the Principal of Cushing Elementary School. I feel especially fortunate to be joining the Cushing team where the focus is on student learning, and everyone is committed to high expectations, innovation, and collaboration. I look forward to being an active part of these important practices as we continue to enhance the wonderful things that are already happening at Cushing.

Education is my passion, although it has not always been my professional focus. For many years, I worked in the business sector, but decided to open a licensed daycare in order to stay home with my five children. During that time, I completed a master’s program and became licensed as an elementary teacher. In 2004 I began my educational career in Middleboro; and transitioned to Scituate Public Schools in 2007 as one of Hatherly School’s first grade teachers. While at Hatherly, I spent four years teaching first grade, and two years teaching ELA in grades 5 and 6. I enjoyed my years in the classroom and loved working with my students and their families. Together, we collaborated to ensure that the children had the best educational experience possible.

In 2013 my professional aspirations changed towards leadership. Thus, I left Scituate Public Schools for a year to be an assistant principal in Duxbury Public Schools. Duxbury is a wonderful district, and I gained so much during my time there; but I also missed Scituate very much. Thus, when a leadership position became available, I returned to Scituate as the district’s elementary STEM Curriculum Coordinator. As a district staff member, I worked with everyone in the four elementary schools; and I know for certain that our district is filled with educators that are the best-of-the-best. Professionally, the journey that I have traveled throughout the last several years, and the rich experiences that I have gained as a member of Scituate Public Schools, has prepared me for the next adventure as Cushing School’s principal.

I am looking forward to meeting you as we begin the 2017-18 school year. As we move forward, I will look for ways to serve, collaborate, and support every student, family, and staff member in our school community. I truly believe that we all share in the commitment to ensure that our children’s needs (social/emotional/personal/academic) are met in a safe and caring environment. Together, we will continue to foster and maintain the positive relationships that best serve our children. Collaboratively, we will instill in our children the persistence, perseverance, strategies, and problem-solving skills necessary for their use as they explore new and different challenges and opportunities.

In mid-August, I will be back at Cushing School during the weekdays. If you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. I have an open door policy and welcome any and all opportunities to talk with you. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer; read, relax, and rejuvenate. See you in late August as we begin our new journey together.

Warm regards,
Donna Moffat