Cresto to leave MAUHS after 2018

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BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union High School Principal Glenda Cresto will not continue her employment with the school after her contract expires in June of 2018.

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Jim Culkeen confirmed that Cresto, "did submit a letter informing me of her intention to not extend her employment as MAUHS principal beyond her current contract, which ends on June 30, 2018. Her letter stated no reasons, however she did state in her letter that she looks forward to working with me in setting goals and priorities for the 2017-2018 school year."

Cresto did write in an email to the MAUHS staff that a, "new direction is emerging in my life," but did not clarify further. Cresto, who has not yet submitted a letter of resignation to the board, was not able to be reached for comment.

Cresto was hired as the new principal of MAUHS in April 2015, taking over for retiring longtime administrator Sue Maguire. She received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Denver in 1979, and has master's degrees from Boston University and Harvard University, in theater education and teacher leadership, respectively. She taught English at Quabbin Regional High School, in Barre, Massachusetts, from 1996 to 2005. She then spent a year serving as principal of Amherst Regional Middle School, in Amherst, Massachusetts, before resigning in 2009. She was the assistant principal at Richford Junior Senior High School, in Richford, Vermont, which is about two miles from the Canadian border, from 2011 to 2015, when she was hired by the SVSU.

When she was introduced before the MAU board, Cresto said, "At the end of the day, as I'm heading home to have dinner and connect with my partner, I want to look back on every decision I made as empowering students to dream, and dream big, about his or her future. I want to make sure that any student whose life I impact has the power to open any door they want to open in their life. And that means making sure that they become powerful readers, writers, and mathematicians, but it also is vital that they become effective problem-solvers, effective decision-makers, and effective collaborators."

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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