Published in the March 20, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — On Friday, Shannon Blacker was named the next principal/director of the Doyle Early Childhood Center.

Currently the school system’s Elementary Special Education coordinator, she was chosen over Anne Zernicke. Zernicke, also an in-house finalist, is the assistant principal of the Woodville School.

Supt. of Schools Dr. Kim Smith wrote in a letter to parents: “It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of Ms. Shannon Blacker as the next Principal/Director of the Doyle Early Childhood Center. As you may know, Ms. Margo Perriello will retire at the end of this school year. Following two rounds of interviews with a cohort of highly qualified candidates, Ms. Blacker emerged as an exceptional match for the Doyle school.

“Shannon Blacker has been an educator in the Wakefield Public Schools for over 15 years. Ms. Blacker is currently the preK to 4 Special Education Coordinator for the district; prior to that she held roles as a Moderate Special Needs teacher, Behavior Support Inclusion teacher, and Assistant to the Principal at the Franklin and Woodville Elementary Schools.

“In addition, Ms. Blacker has been an active member of the district Crisis and Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health Teams and is a Safety Care trainer for the Wakefield Public Schools.

“Shannon Blacker earned a master of Education degree from Cambridge College and Principal Certification from the Commonwealth Leadership Academy. Ms. Blacker brings her strong core values and leadership skills to the Doyle school community.

“Please join me in welcoming Ms. Shannon Blacker, beginning July 1, 2017, as the Principal/Director of the Doyle Early Childhood Center,” Smith concluded.