Ellen Tuckner was announced and welcomed as Mohegan Elementary School’s new principal for the upcoming school year during the July 23 Board of Education meeting.

Tuckner is leaving her position as Cider Mill assistant principal, Superintendent Kevin Smith announced during the meeting.

Before becoming one of Cider Mill’s assistant principals in 2012, Tuckner worked as a language arts resource teacher in the district for about four years. Prior to that, she was a K-5 literacy coordinator for Ridgefield Public Schools.

Tuckner enters her new position with the intention of “honoring” what has been working for the school as well as working with her staff to find new ways to enhance the student learning environment.

“I am extraordinarily collaborative, I believe that it is the means to excellence,” said Tuckner. “I’m looking forward towards creating a joyful environment, it will be rigorous, but enjoyable.”

She is leaving her current position as the assistant principal at Cider Mill school in Wilton.

When Tuckner isn’t busy taking care of business in school she said she enjoys to take long walks along the water with her dog Ollie, sing, attend Broadway shows and community theater, and garden.

Tuckner explained that although she is full of love and enthusiasm channeled towards learning, she can also possess a high intensity which she directs toward making sure her students stay on the right track. She excitedly awaits the upcoming school year and said she is looking forward to being a part of the school’s success