North Attleborough Middle School students will have a new principal this fall.
Superintendent Dr. John Antonucci announced on July 28 that Rebecca Paulhus will enter her new role as principal starting Aug. 7. She succeeds Brianne Kelleher, who will become the new Dighton Rehoboth Middle School principal in June.
According to Antonucci, out of the 16 applicants received, North Attleborough Middle School faculty and staff, parents, community members, and administrators agreed that Paulhus was the most qualified for the position.
“She is a proven leader, she is student-centered, and she has exceptional interpersonal skills,” Antonucci said. “She has a track record of fostering a warm, welcoming, and inclusive school culture, and I have no doubt she is a great fit for the Middle School.”
Paulhus, a North Attleborough native, said she is grateful for being chosen and excited to work at the school she attended as a child.
“The opportunity to give back to a community that I was raised in, where I was educated, and where I spent many, many years coaching and teaching is something I could not pass up,” said Paulhus. “I am excited to get the school year started.”
Before becoming principal, Paulhus served as a middle school teacher and athletic coach for North Attleborough Public Schools from 2007 to 2013.
The following year, Paulhus began working at Weymouth Public Schools, serving in multiple positions. She served as the Dean of Students and as Special Education Team Chairperson. Her responsibilities included overseeing the Student Intervention Team and all tiered interventions, services, and staff.
Most recently, Paulhus served as the associate principal of Weymouth middle and high schools.
Paulhus said she would hold the highest standards as principal and continue programs managed by Kelleher, including Unified Sports for students with disabilities to participate in athletics.
“I am so incredibly honored to be the principal of North Attleborough Middle School,” Paulhus said. “I am aware of the history embedded in the town, the school, and the traditions that continue the legacy of service, scholar, arts, and athletics in such ways as Hoops for Hearts and Unified Sport.”