Matthew Ricard has been named as the new principal at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Ricard succeeds Denise Pigeon, who was named as Nashoba Tech’s new superintendent in February.
A 1995 graduate of Nashoba Tech’s Health Assisting program, Ricard
has spent his entire educational career with his alma mater, starting
as the assistant dean in 2001. In those 15 years, he has also filled
the titles of athletic director and dean before the title of the
latter position was changed to assistant principal in 2012.
He officially becomes principal on July 1, but he has already assumed
many of the responsibilities.
“I’m really excited about having a different role here at Nashoba
Tech,” said Ricard. “Whereas I’ve spent my career
here in more of a disciplinary role, I’m looking forward to following
the new superintendent’s vision and being more involved in the
day-to-day operation of the building.”
Pigeon said it was clear to members of the Principal Search Committee
that of the 16 candidates who were interviewed, Ricard was “the most
qualified and most experienced candidate, and that no other candidate
would be more committed and invested in the future of Nashoba than he
“Matt has build a strong connection to Nashoba’s students, parents
and the community, and is well-positioned for a seamless transition to
the role of principal,” Pigeon added.
Ricard is married and has three children. He has a Bachelor’s degree
in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Education.