Peter Dart, Principal



I am excited and honored to introduce myself as Dorothy C. Goodwin Elementary School’s principal.  This is an amazing community and I feel blessed to have been selected to lead this high-performing school.  During one of my interviews for this position, I had an opportunity to meet with a group of students and I asked them what advice they would give to a person who might be the next Goodwin principal.  Without hesitation, a student responded, “Just be yourself.  Goodwin has only had great principals.”   Her response gave me great insight into this school’s positive culture and community.  The charge to “just be yourself” speaks volumes of how students must feel safe, supported, and cared for.   I endeavor to be your next “great principal” by keeping students at the center of my work and vision.

As part of my introduction and “being myself,” I want to share a little about who I am.  I have served in education for thirty-one years as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in both suburban and urban settings.  I have worked in elementary and middle schools as a science and classroom teacher.  Throughout my career, I have always celebrated teaching and learning and know that “Victory is in the classroom.”  I live in Coventry, love dogs and Jeeps, and play guitar.  I look forward to meeting you and learning more about you and this great Goodwin School community. 

Please feel free to visit, call, or email me should you have any questions or would like to connect.  For new students and families, the PTO will be hosting two family picnics here at the school on August 14th and 21st.  We will also host the annual “Back to School Ice Cream Social” on Tuesday August 28th at 6:00pm.  I plan to attend all of these events and hope to see you there!

Best wishes and happy summer!

Peter Dart