Debra Murray officially began her tenure as principal of Brewster Elementary School July 1. Murray comes to the Durham school after serving as an administrator in New Britain for nine years and as principal at the Abraham Pierson School in Clinton for one year.
Murray’s career in education started in teaching and, initially, she had no interest in being an administrator.
“The last principal I worked under really pushed me,” Murray said. “He was a great mentor and I was his right hand man.”
Murray felt at home at Brewster as soon as she set foot in the school.
“They were extremely excited and welcoming,” she said. “The moment I walked in the door I felt that. It’s a very traditional school with very traditional values.”
Going forward, Murray said she’ll be focused on acclimating herself to the school and getting to know students.
“Every kid is unique,” said Murray. “I’m excited to build those individual relationships with all of the kids.”
The new principal says she “valued all the experience” in the positions that she has held, even her year at the Pierson school in Clinton. The school closed due to a decline in enrollment.
“When she started in Clinton, after she was hired they made the decision to close the school,” said Kathryn Veronesi, superintendent of Regional School District 13. “She knows what it takes to do this kind of blending and transforming, she has experience."