A New Principal for a New Year

Devyn Forcina

Meet Mr. Peri, the new Principal of Franklin High School. I interviewed him in order to write this article, and he was very enthusiastic, answering each question cheerfully. Below you can find his responses, and get to know our Principal.

Mr. Peri is originally from Brooklyn, New York, but later moved to New Jersey, where he spent most of his childhood. He described the town he lived in as similar to Franklin; it had a true community atmosphere, and a good school system.

“It’s nothing like Jersey shore, the show!” he laughed while describing it.

In his high school, Mr. Peri was a tri-captain of football, basketball, and track. His participation in sports helped him feel connected to his school and peers.

Later, he attended college at Muhlenberg College, in Alltown, Pennsylvania. He studied psychology and elementary education, and played Division 3 football and basketball there.

Mr. Peri now lives in North Attleboro with his family. He has an 11 year old daughter named Kadence, and an 8 year old son named Parker. In his free time, he coaches his children’s soccer and baseball teams, and enjoys movies (his favorite is Elf!) and reading. His favorite book is Open by Andre Assagi, and he also loves authors Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Brown. His favorite food is steak, and he is a New England Sports fan.

He has had many roles in the Franklin Public School system. After teaching ELA and Social Studies at Remington, Mr. Peri became the school’s’ Assistant Principal. He then became Principal of Remington, then Deputy Principal at Franklin High in the 2015-16 school year. He also used to coach FHS football. Now, he is our Principal, and is evidently optimistic and passionate about his profession.

Mr. Peri always wanted to be a teacher, and a coach. As a young adult, he discovered this passion through running summer camps. Also, he was impacted by his teachers that he felt made a difference in his education. He commented that he “went into college knowing education was what (he) wanted to do.”

There are many reasons why Mr.Peri loves to teach, but his favorite part is meeting students and learning their stories. He loves to help his students succeed.

Mr. Peri’s favorite part of Franklin high is “the FHS community at large.” He believes that each student and staff member make our success possible.

My final question for Mr. Peri was if there was a goal he wanted Franklin High to achieve this year. He thought for a moment before saying, with a smile, “Happiness and a joyful rigor.” I believe that all students and staff would agree with the Principal’s encouraging words; that this year will be successful with the right balance of work and play.

The FHS community is very grateful to have a Principal who is so passionate and excited to lead us. He is always open to meeting students and being involved in school activities and events. With his guidance, and the Panthers’ school spirit, 2016-17 will surely be a fantastic year. -DF