Nicolette Foundas taught fifth grade Chenery Middle School for the past 10 years. Over the summer, she was promoted to the role of assistant principal at the Chenery. Her new role differs slightly from the upper and lower school assistant principal roles. Foundas is responsible for"Encore programming," focusing more on supporting the teachers and students when in art, physical education, technology, world languages, music and health.

"I am supporting those students in their Encore classes the same way as our school’s other administrators; socially, emotionally, and academically. It has been extremely rewarding so far. I’m continuing to support students who I’ve taught in the past, and now I’m able to support even more who I wasn’t fortunate enough to have taught," wrote Foundas in an email to the Citizen-Herald.

The Belmont Citizen-Herald asked the new assistant principal at Chenery Middle School some questions to help readers get to know them her little better. Here are the responses she sent via email.

What are you looking forward to most about being the new assistant principal at Chenery Middle School

I am very excited and feel blessed to be continuing my work in Belmont in this new position. I’ve worked in Belmont for 10 years and over the past couple years I have worked very closely with the district initiatives of Social Emotional Learning and the district’s Vision Committee as we prepare for the new Belmont High School. I’m excited that I am able to continue the meaningful work that I have been doing over the past couple years and most importantly supporting the students and staff of Chenery who I care deeply about.

What do you think your greatest challenges will be in this new role?

This is a good question. I’m lucky as most new administrators begin their new positions in a new district, but since I’m remaining in Belmont where I have been for ten years I feel confident in the work that I’m doing. I know that there will be hurdles and obstacles along the way but I’m fortunate to know exactly who I can call for help and feel supported as I step into this new position.

How do you think being a teacher at the school the past 10 years going to benefit you in your new role?

Since I am freshly out of the classroom, I understand the teacher’s perspective and concerns. This will be helpful when making important decisions and advocating for things that may come up that can support the teachers of Chenery.