Redding Elementary School Principal Natalie Hammond has resigned. She is joining the Guilford school district and will be principal of an elementary school there. Hammond led Redding Elementary for four years and during that time it was named a School of Distinction by the State Department of Education.
Prior to her role in Redding, she served as Assistant Principal at Emma Hart Willard Elementary School in Berlin. She was lead teacher at Sandy Hook School and survived multiple injuries from the shooting on 12/14.
Redding First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton says she understands that Hammond's resignation on Monday may cause concern about the environment that will meet young students when they return to their classrooms after a year of unprecedented challenges to their educational, social and environmental growth as a result of the pandemic.
She says the interim Superintendent, who knows the district well as a former administrator there, is aware of the value placed on educating the whole child. Pemberton added that Thomas McMorran is in communication with an experienced and kind retired elementary school principal about coming to Redding as interim principal.