SANFORD — Students who attend Sanford Junior High School will have a new assistant principal ”“ with a familiar face.

Joseph Mastraccio, a math teacher at the school for the past nine years, moves into the position after the former assistant, Pam Lydon, moved into the principal’s slot.

Superintendent of Schools David Theoharides said Mastraccio has held several coaching positions at the junior high school and Sanford High School.

“As an experienced middle level teacher, Joe understands the unique characteristics and needs of middle school students,” Theoharides said.

Mastraccio in a statement released by Theoharides, said students enter junior high school at a time when they are highly influenced by those surrounding them.

“While ”˜rigor and relevance’ are important elements for success in schools, middle level students need to have their social emotional needs considered first. If these needs are met with the aid of hardworking and caring adults this can help shape who they want to become. As educators, we want our students to know their potential, use it, and make healthy life choices along the way.”

Mastraccio earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine, and completed his administrative internship under former SJHS principal Drew Patin.

Lydon, in the teaching profession for 14 years, was chosen as the new SJHS principal earlier this year ”“ her new gig was announced by Theoharides at the end of June. She had been a science and math teacher at SJHS and later developed and operated an alternative education program at the school. She was the school’s assistant principal for three years.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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