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A calling to teach

New West Street principal settles in

West Street School Principal John Riley said he enjoys working with students and helping them progress. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 11, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — A small yellow paper sign hangs in the corner of John Riley's office, a symbol of his approach to teaching.

"Children may forget what you say, but they'll never forget how you made them feel," it reads.

Riley has operated under that philosophy throughout his 32-year career in education, which turned another chapter three weeks ago when he took the reins as principal of the West Street School. Riley replaced former Principal Joany Santa, who left the district last year.

So far, Riley is enjoying his experiences at the school.

"I'm getting comfortable. It will take time," he said.

For the 54-year-old Worcester native, taking command of a school in an underperforming district is a welcome challenge.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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