An Appoquinimink High School assistant principal will take over the head principal job at Alfred G. Waters Middle School next month, district officials announced today.
Thomas Poehlmann, a high school assistant principal at the high school since 2009, has been tapped to take the reins at Waters Middle when current principal Victoir Cahoon departs for a new job on Oct. 4.
Cahoon announced earlier this month that he would be departing the district to take a principal post at East Orange Campus High School, a school with 1,900 students located about a half hour outside New York City.
A New Jersey-native, Cahoon reportedly still has family in the area.
Cahoon has served as the principal of Waters Middle School since 2009. Prior to that assignment, he served two years as an assistant principal at Middletown High School following stints as an assistant principal at Appoquinimink High School and Glasgow High School in the Christina School District.
Poehlmann will officially start his new job at Waters Middle School on Oct. 5.
He brings 21 years of experience to the post, including 12 years as an administrator at three middle schools, including Newark Charter School, Springer Middle School and Hanby Middle School, both in the Brandywine School District.
"We believe Tom's experience as an administrator at a complex and successful high school, coupled with his skill as a communicator and his enthusiasm for working with younger teens will make this a smooth transition and translate into continued success for the students at Alfred G. Waters," district Superintendent Matthew Burrows said.
District officials said Poehlmann has been working with Cahoon and attending parent-teacher association and staff meetings at Waters Middle School in recent weeks.
Administrative intern Brian Bell, a former teacher at Meredith Middle School, will join the Appoquinimink High School administrative team in Poehlmann's place, district officials said.