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New Peter Woodbury School principal is a familiar Bedford face

BEDFORD - Peter Woodbury School's assistant principal will step up to replace outgoing Principal Ken Williams beginning July 1, the school board announced this week.

Cheryl Daley, who has been assistant principal at the elementary school for the last 11 years, will replace Williams, who is retiring after serving 25 years as the school's top administrator.

"I have some huge shoes to fill," Daley said. "But I'm walking into a very good community of parents, staff and students who are all so invested in learning."

The choice of Daley came after a four-month search conducted by a 10-member committee made up of school board members, Peter Woodbury School staff, parents and other school district administrators. Daley was one of three finalists for the job.

"We are fortunate to have someone with Mrs. Daley's experience and familiarity with Peter Woodbury School as our next principal," said SAU 25 Superintendent Tim Mayes. "She has an excellent relationship with the students and parents of Peter Woodbury School, which will facilitate a smooth transition in leadership."

Before serving as assistant principal at Peter Woodbury, Daley worked as a guidance counselor at Webster Elementary School in Manchester from 1999 to 2002. Prior to that, she worked as a guidance counselor at Prince George's County Public School in Adelphi, Md., from 1996 to 1999.

Daley, who lives in Bedford, has two children, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade.

"I'm very excited," she said. "I can't wait to get started. We're very lucky in Bedford to have a community that cares so much about learning and education."

Mayes said Daley was one of several key people involved in the school's playground project, and has served as "the point person in developing and implementing Peter Woodbury's plan to improve learning for students with disabilities."

Daley is a 1992 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono; she earned a master's degree in school counseling from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass., in 1996. In 2002, she received a certificate of advanced graduate study from Bridgewater State College.

"Cheryl is a learner who collaborates with her staff, students and parents to get things accomplished," said Mayes.

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