, Salem, MA

May 16, 2013

Peabody middle school teacher named Carroll School principal

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — PEABODY — Higgins Middle School teacher Tracy Smith, 41, has been named the principal of the Carroll Elementary School.

“I cannot wait to be embedded at the Carroll School,” Smith told the School Committee after she was introduced at Tuesday’s meeting.

“She is a perfect match for us,” said Superintendent Joe Mastrocola, who made the selection. He noted that her knowledge of the middle school system and curriculum will be a plus as the Carroll prepares elementary students for the jump to the upper grades.

Both Mastrocola and Smith thanked the search committee, which makes recommendations to the superintendent after examining all of the applicants. “It was a pleasure to work with them,” said Mastrocola.

Smith, a Beverly native who now lives in Peabody, has served at the Higgins for four years. She is the eighth-grade housemaster.

A graduate of Beverly High School and Salem State, she has a master’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston. She also taught for 10 years in Saugus Public Schools.

Her husband, Matt, is a Beverly High School teacher. The couple has three sons.

The Carroll School has had an interim principal this year, after the previous principal, Cara Murtagh, was elevated to the role of assistant superintendent.

Asked her philosophy as a teacher, Smith said, “The kids come first in any decision I make. The individual student comes first.”