New Principal Returns to Avondale School District

Administrator “leads with her love of her students”

When Avondale Middle School opened its doors for school this year, the students were greeted by new principal, Ms. Maryanne Moriconi. Moriconi comes to Avondale from Oxford School District where she most recently served as the assistant principal at Oxford Middle School. The new principal brings much in the way of administrative experience to her new role as well as intimate knowledge of the Avondale School District as she taught at Avondale High School for much of her career in education. Parents and staff in the community are excited by her return to the District.

Avondale Middle School principal, Maryanne Moriconi celebrates “Meet the Teacher Night” with students

Avondale Middle School principal, Maryanne Moriconi celebrates “Meet the Teacher Night” with students

“Maryanne is a fearless learner and educator,” said Avondale High School teacher Aaron Donaghy who worked with Moriconi for more than 10 years, “she is constantly learning, taking on new challenges, and looking at problems with an open mind.”

Donaghy’s remarks validate the new principal’s commitment to a personal journey focused on learning and growth. Moriconi graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Emotional Impairments/Behaviors from University of Detroit Mercy; received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University; and is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In addition to her academic credentials, she brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She taught two years at charter schools before accepting a teaching position at Avondale High School in the Special Education Department. She left Avondale in 2012 to join Oxford Schools as a teacher consultant/resource teacher, advanced to Director of International Student Programs, and then Assistant Principal. In addition, she has earned numerous certifications and received credits from Oakland Community College for Mandarin Language and Culture Studies.

Moriconi’s strength lies not only in her degrees and certifications but also in her experiences working with students, parents and colleagues to help create a school climate conducive to bringing out the best in all students. Donaghy shared, “Maryanne works so hard because she believes the better she is, the more she will be able to serve her students.” He added that “she leads with her love of her students. If you have had any professional dealings with her you will know immediately that KIDS ARE FIRST (with her).”

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