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Jodi Ellis named principal of Mexico City elementary school

Meroby Elementary School principal Jodi Ellis stands in her new office in Mexico on Thursday. Next to her is the school mascot, a pinto pony, and above her is a Siberian tiger, the mascot of Tripp Middle School in Turner where she was previously a teacher. Marianne Hutchinson/Rumford Falls Times

MEXICO — The Regional School Unit 10 board has hired Jodi Ellis as principal of Meroby Elementary School in Mexico.

She was a teacher for 22 years, 12 of which as a team leader. She taught seventh and eighth grades at Tripp Middle School in Turner and was a positive behavior intervener and support coach for teachers there. This response and support framework will also be used in Meroby, she said.

It’s a framework where you’re trying to do . . . five positive comments for every negative,” Ellis said. The school also has the Meroby Code: Be Kind, Be Careful, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.

“It’s explicitly taught to children from the start of the school year,” she said.

Her goals for the upcoming school year begin with getting a sense of the culture and helping to create a “culture of learning” where everyone, including herself, is comfortable being a learner. She said she would like to create a learning environment where people know it’s okay to try hard things and it’s okay to not get it right the first time.

Ellis said she also wants to work on building a good relationship with her staff and students so they know they are welcome to come and ask her questions at any time. “There will be times when I won’t know the answer, (but) I will find out for you,” she said.

In her free time, she likes to sing.

“I’ve been in a few local bands” and performed at weddings, she says. “I have a pretty wide range and sing anything from classic rock to modern songs to country music.”

The passion for music runs in her family, she says. One of his two adult sons plays the guitar.

Ellis also enjoys spending time hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Hired at the end of July, she succeeds Kim Fuller, who was a teacher for 11 years and director of Meroby for six years. Fuller was hired as the principal of Turner Elementary School, which is part of Maine’s School Administrative District 52 which includes Greene and Leeds.

RSU 10 includes Rumford, Mexico City, Roxbury, Buckfield, Hartford, Sumner and Hanover.

Last month, voters in those cities approved a new $91.8 million school for elementary and middle school students in Mexico and Rumford. About 98% of the cost would be paid for by the Maine Department of Education in the form of subsidized bonds.

The school is planned for the site of Mountain Valley Middle School at 58 Highland Terrace and Meroby Elementary School at 21 Cross St., both in Mexico. It would replace these schools and Rumford Elementary School.

The school would have room for up to 1,050 students and for children with disabilities from birth to 5 years old. Plans include a health clinic in partnership with Rumford Hospital and an early childhood education program run by staff and students from Region 9 School of Technology.


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