Principal John MacArthur, Jr. ’08G heads
to New Ipswich Middle School each morning with a mission – to give his students
a positive experience. “My favorite part of being a principal is the students,”
he says. “Every day in middle school is a challenge ... and I love it!”
MacArthur oversees approximately 50
staff members and 331 fifth through eighth grade students from the towns of New
Ipswich and Greenville, New Hampshire. Prior to serving as principal, he was assistant
principal at Weare Middle School, and a music teacher and band director at
North Hanover Middle School and Milford Middle School.
Several of MacArthur’s education colleagues,
who were Rivier graduates, encouraged him to pursue his master’s in educational
administration. He felt very “at home” while at Rivier, as the environment
fostered a love of learning and exploration, which is always his goal as an
educator and administrator.
MacArthur is a community builder. He encourages community
not only within the school environment, but also by involving the school with
the townspeople through cooperative projects. While in Weare, MacArthur headed the community construction of a playground
for middle schoolers, which included gear that doubles as fitness equipment for
older children and adults.
“Rivier gave me a solid foundation on
which to build my career as a school administrator,” says MacArthur. “My Rivier
education has helped me to think outside of the box and work with my team to
creatively research, explore, and overcome obstacles in order to provide the
best possible education for my students.”