My name is Anita Mecklenburg and I am the new principal of the Winn Brook School. I would like to introduce myself.
I will start with my education as that is our business! I graduated from University of Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in reading (and an affection for Big Ten Football - Go Hawkeyes!). My Master’s Degree is from Endicott College in Organizational Management. As a passionate, life-long learner, I also have an additional 50 + graduate hours in courses that I have taken to grow my knowledge/skills in a wide variety of different areas including mathematics, special education, engineering, using data to inform instruction and so many others.
My teaching experience is in the areas of reading, first grade, preschool, fourth grade and fifth grade. As an administrator I was the Early Childhood Coordinator in Rockland, MA. Most recently, I was a half-time assistant principal and half time Curriculum Director for English/Language Arts as well as History and Social Sciences in Norfolk, MA. The principal of my school was named Principal of the Year in Massachusetts in 2019 - an excellent mentor indeed!
My two daughters went through the Norfolk Public Schools. Amelia just received her Master’s Degree in Global Public Health from George Washington University and Eliza just graduated from Mass Art with a degree in Art Education, specializing in museum education. I am so proud of them both! My husband, John, is a graphic designer and a competitive sailor. We just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. We have a dog, 2 cats and a rabbit. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with family and friends. I also love to read, cook and garden. I was recently elected as the newest member of the Norfolk Select Board.
I am so thrilled to have my professional journey take me to Winn Brook. These past couple weeks I have been meeting with staff and am so impressed with their passion and commitment to children and learning. I am equally impressed with the district’s leadership team. We have been wrestling with challenging issues and student and staff safety is at the forefront of all our conversations and decisions, as well as a commitment to educational excellence!