New leaders, same direction

Jennifer DeStefano, shown in August when talking about priorities for 2018-19 school year at Salem High School last summer. 

SALEM — Salem High School Principal Jennifer DeStefano has resigned effective immediately, according to a letter posted Wednesday on the school's website by Superintendent Margarita Ruiz.

Ruiz said DeStefano resigned for "personal reasons."

"We thank Ms. DeStefano for her service at Salem High and wish her the best in her future endeavors," Ruiz wrote.

DeStefano was hired last June to replace David Angeramo, who left to become an administrator at St. Mary's High School in Lynn. DeStefano had been an assistant principal at Beverly High School.

Ruiz said in her letter that she has appointed Vittoria Pacifico to lead Salem High School for the next 18 months. Pacifico is the president and CEO of Pacifico Educational Consultants, according to her LinkedIn page.

Pacifico will be responsible for the "day-to-day administration and decision-making" starting Thursday, Ruiz said. Ruiz said Pacifico has 24 years of experience at the K-8 and high school levels and has expertise in supporting schools "that are going through a change process like the one currently happening at Salem High."

Ruiz said she will hold a meeting for families on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the library at Salem High School to answer questions.

This story will be updated. 

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or