Schaghticoke Middle School to get new assistant principal: ‘I’m energized at the opportunity’

Michael Boucher

Michael Boucher

/ Michael Boucher

NEW MILFORD — Schaghticoke Middle School will be getting a new assistant principal — and he won’t have to travel far to get to work each day.

Michael Boucher, who will begin his new position in mid- to late-March, is a New Milford resident. He has a daughter enrolled in New Milford Public Schools.

Since 2018, Boucher has been director of school counseling at Shepaug Valley School in Washington in Region 12 Schools, which draws students from Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington.

“I’m beyond excited and grateful to be announced Schaghitoke’s next assistant principal,” Boucher said. “I’m energized at the opportunity in front of me and look forward to meeting the students, staff, families and community members.”

He said, as a New Milford resident and proud father of a Northville kindergartner, he’s “all in” and looks forward to getting “right to work” next month.

He added that his role as director of school counseling at Shepaug Valley School has been “an amazing experience and has prepared me to take the next step in my career. I’ll miss the students, staff, families and community members dearly.”

Donald Schels, principal at Shepaug Valley School, said he’s going to miss Boucher “tremendously.”

“He’s top shelf, but we’re also happy and excited for his growth potential and that he’s ready to move on and try new things,” Schels said. “He is very gifted at building relationships with students, colleagues and parents; building rapport; building trust; and he uses those relationships for the benefit of the school. I think he’ll do very well going forward, and if our paths ever cross again, I’ll be very happy.”

Megan Bennett, superintendent of Region 12 Schools, said Boucher “is a wonderful asset to any school.”

She said New Milford is “very fortunate” to be gaining Boucher’s talents and energy.

“Michael is committed to student success and we know he will continue to be successful in New Milford,” Bennett said.

Prior to working at Shepaug, Boucher was a school counselor at Danbury High School for five years prior to completing his administrative internship.

Boucher has a bachelor's degree in psychology and master’s degree in school counseling from Central Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from the University of New England.

A previous assistant principal at Schaghticoke, Sasha Salem, has already left the school. Boucher will join the two current assistant principals — Barbara Nanassy and Cathy Calabrese.