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Interim Elementary Principal Appointment
Mr. Thomas A. Simon was appointed to the one-year Interim Elementary Principal position at the Southern Berkshire Regional School District on July 10, 2014. He will begin his duties immediately. As elementary principal, he will oversee the education programs of Undermountain Elementary School, New Marlborough Central School, the South Egremont School and the Monterey School.
Mr. Simon is returning to the district after a 16 year absence, having served as a Middle School Alternative Program Clinical Instructor at Mount Everett in the late 1990’s. He comes to us after serving for five years as the Director of Special Education in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and before that as the Principal of Morningside Elementary School in Pittsfield, where he also served as the School/Community Coordinator for a year. He served as a Special Needs Teacher both at Morningside Elementary School in Pittsfield and at Hillcrest Center, a residential special needs school in Lenox. Tom is certified as a Principal/Assistant Principal, Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Administrator, and as a Special Needs Teacher.
Mr. Simon is a graduate of Pittsfield High School and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. He earned Bachelor’s degrees from Westfield State University in Liberal Studies/Special Education and in Business Administration. He later earned his Master's Degree in Education from Cambridge College. Tom is an active member of the Board of Directors at the County Schools Credit Union, and has coached several youth activities including soccer, baseball, and a very successful Lego Robotics team.
Tom brings a history of collaboration, teacher empowerment, and team/relationship building within the school and community to his new position. Others have praised him as an innovative problem solver with strong people and technology skills, able to see the “big picture” and map a course to meet district goals.
Mr. Simon and his wife Lori live in Pittsfield with their three youngest children Eva, Anthony and Joshua, all of whom are active in sports, music and theater. Their oldest son Jonathan lives nearby with Lexi and their son Eli. Tom's family is active in local soccer and running teams, and they often will run together in area road races.
The district will host an ice cream and coffee social event to allow community members to meet Mr. Simon in the Undermountain Elementary School Cafeteria on Thursday, July 24th from 3-5 PM.
Summer Office Hours
From July 1 - August 15, all district offices will be open Monday through Friday from 8-2.
District offices are: