New Principal of H. Olive Day School Announced
Tami Rebello has been selected as the next principal of the H. Olive Day School. (Photo courtesy Norfolk Public Schools)
Tami Rebello has been selected as the next principal of the H. Olive Day School in Norfolk.
Rebello will begin her new role on July 1 and will have several opportunities to meet with current H. Olive Day School Principal Linda Balfour, who will support Rebello’s transition.
“We are excited to welcome Ms. Rebello to the Norfolk Public Schools community,” Superintendent Dr. Ingrid Allardi said in a statement. “Ms. Rebello demonstrated values that align with the H. Olive Day School in terms of creating a warm, collaborative and welcoming environment that fosters strong partnerships within the school community and with families. Her values, coupled with her leadership practices centered around community and social-emotional learning, make her a perfect fit for our school and we are excited to see the school continue to grow under her leadership.”
For the past 20 years, Rebello has served as an educator in the Taunton Public Schools. Since 2016 she has served as the K-4 assistant principal for the Elizabeth Pole Elementary School in Taunton. Prior to that role, Rebello also worked as a kindergarten and special education teacher.
She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bridgewater State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Salve Regina University.
Rebello was selected as the next principal following a rigorous search process. Upon receiving Principal Balfour’s retirement notification, the Norfolk Public Schools worked with UMass Boston’s Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management to conduct the search and interview process for Balfour’s replacement.
A screening committee comprised of three teachers, two mental health staff members, one paraprofessional, one executive assistant, two parents, the H.O.D. assistant principal, the district administrator, and the director of human resources was formed.
Simultaneously, the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center held focus groups that included input from stakeholders, parents, educators, support staff and administrators. A survey was also sent to gain additional input. Feedback gathered from focus groups and the survey was used to create a Candidate Profile Report. The report was used by the screening committee during the selection process.
The screening committee concluded interviews with candidates on April 27. The committee had a diverse pool of candidates with varied experiences and, out of the 15 applicants, interviewed seven highly qualified candidates. Two candidates were then moved to the next stage of the selection process, which included site visits, reference checks and interviews with Dr. Allardi.