The Windsor Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Mary Kay Ravenola to become John F. Kennedy School's new principal Wednesday night.
Ravenola replaces Tangular Irby, who is now the district's curriculum supervisor for social studies.
Superintendent Jeffrey Villar described Ravenola as "a dynamic educator who understands how to motivate and teach students to succeed and instill a love for learning."
"Kennedy School already has a terrific team and this will be a perfect fit," he added.
Ravenola comes to the district with more than two decades of experience in education, including time as a reading, language arts and instructional specialist, and a classroom teacher.
She has worked in Windsor Locks for the past 11 years, where she was responsible for developing reading and language arts curricula, hiring staff, managing budgets, among other tasks. She was named the Windsor Locks Teacher of the Year in 2008, and worked as a reading consultant and elementary teacher in Holyoke, MA prior to her time in Windsor Locks.
Ravenola obtained a certificate of advance study of education from Central Connecticut State University. She holds a Masters degree as a consulting teacher of reading from Westfield State University and received her B.A. in elementary education from Elms College.