WESTERLY — A veteran educator who was chosen as a state principal of the year at Coventry High School has been named the new principal of Westerly High School.
The school department made the announcement Wednesday morning that it had hired Michael J. Hobin to head the school.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming a leader of Mike's caliber,” Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau said.
“He rose to the top of a very strong pool of applicants for the position and was the clear first choice of a large interview team that included WHS staff, parental and student representation.”
Hobin comes in before the start of a new school year, and two months after the School Committee voted not to renew the contract of former Westerly principal Todd Grimes.
Hobin was named the state’s Principal of the Year in 2013 while leading Coventry High, a school of about 1,500 students.
Hobin received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1991 and a master of education from the college in 1993.
He earned a master’s degree in education administration from Providence College in 1998.
Hobin taught health and science at Coventry’s middle and high schools for more than 10 years before being named assistant principal of the high school in 2002, a post he held for four years before being named principal.
The Rhode Island Association of School Principals named him the 2013 High School Principal of the Year.
Hobin also was named Rhode Island’s 2013 high school Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
In 2014, he was part of a group of volunteers that embarked on a Lifetouch Memory Mission trip to help build a vocational school in the Dominican Republic. Lifetouch, a provider of school and family photography, organized the trip and invited school administrators, principals, educators and PTA members from throughout North America to work alongside Lifetouch volunteers and Dominicans to build the school.