MANCHESTER — School officials have announced the hiring of two new elementary and middle school principals in Manchester.
Kelly Espinola has been hired as the new principal at Parker Varney Elementary School, while Jessica Milligan has been hired as principal of Southside Middle School. Both hirings carry a start date of July 1.
Espinola has a Bachelor of Science degree with a certification in elementary education and a Master of Education with a certification in school principal K-12.
Espinola has worked in the Manchester school district for the past 17 years at several schools — a classroom teacher at three elementary schools, Northwest, McDonough, and Wilson, and worked on developing curriculum for grades 3-5 at Wilson Elementary School.
In 2014, Espinola became assistant principal at Beech Street Elementary, where she spent 3 1/2 years before moving to Green Acres Elementary School, where she currently serves as assistant principal.
“We could not be happier to have one of our experienced assistant principals moving into this role,” said Manchester Co-Interim Superintendent of Schools Amy Allen in a statement. “Ms. Espinola’s deep knowledge of our district will allow her to step into her new role with ease. She is a great fit for Parker Varney’s innovative model.”
“I look forward to giving back so much of what has been given to me,” said Espinola, a product of the Manchester school district herself, in a statement. “I am excited to get to know the students, families and staff of Parker Varney.”
Milligan has been serving as acting principal at Southside Middle School since April 2018.
She graduated from Champlain College with a bachelor’s degree in K-8 Education and Social Work, and received her graduate degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire.
Milligan became assistant principal at Southside Middle School in July 2015, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of special education programming including the program for students with social emotional disabilities.
Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, where she implemented a program for students with autism.
“Ms. Milligan has demonstrated her deep commitment to the students, staff, and families of Southside Middle School. We are confident that under her leadership, students will continue to be successful,” said Co-Interim Superintendent of Schools Jenn Gillis in a statement.
“I cannot be more appreciative of the support I have received over this last year from staff, students, families, and community members,” said Milligan in a statement. “I am excited to continue the steady progress we have made as a school community with a focus on student attendance, behavior, and academics. Southside is a very special place and I will work hard to continue to ensure the safety, happiness, and success of our students each and every day.”
Two additional principal hirings were announced in Manchester earlier this week. Nicole Doherty is the new principal at Webster Elementary School, while Katrina Esparza has been hired to helm Beech Street Elementary School.