School Committee appoints new Cumberland High School Principal

CUMBERLAND - Donna Charlton, a career educator with more than 25 years experience as both a classroom teacher and school administrator, has been named principal at Cumberland High School.

“We are incredibly excited to have found an educator and administrator with Ms. Charlton’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Robert Mitchell, superintendent of the Cumberland School Department. “We feel certain her leadership will prove a real gift to everyone invested in the continued success of Cumberland High School.”

Prior to moving to Rhode Island, Ms. Charlton served as principal at Oakdale Middle School in Rogers, Arkansas for five years. Her previous work experience includes serving for 11 years as an assistant high school principal in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana.
"I am so excited to be part of Cumberland Public Schools," Ms. Charlton said. "I am very happy to be here. I can not wait to get started."

Ms. Charlton brings expertise in a variety of areas that address not only establishing and maintaining rigorous academic environments, but overseeing the complexities of running the day-to-day operations of a dynamic educational environment.

Ms. Charlton holds a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University, earned her master’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, and is expected to receive her PhD in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University in 2017.

She replaces Alan Tenreiro, who resigned earlier this year to become president of Mount Saint Charles Academy.