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Patricia Snow, principal at the Amherst Street Elementary School in Nashua, visits a second grade class Friday, March 16, 2012. Snow, a veteran educator in the city, is retiring.
Monday, March 19, 2012

Amherst Street Principal Pat Snow to retire in June

NASHUA – A familiar face in the city’s elementary schools is stepping down.

Principal Pat Snow at Amherst Street School submitted her letter of intent to retire earlier this year and will leave the Nashua School District in June after 15 years.

“It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “It’s a community that I love. It will be very difficult for me to leave.”

Snow has been principal at Amherst Street School for the past four years, but she started in Nashua in 1996 as a first-grade teacher at Birch Hill Elementary School. She then taught several grades at Amherst Street, and also served as assistant principal at Sunset Heights and Main Dunstable elementary schools. Before coming to Nashua, she taught in the Merrimack School District.

Snow, 58, said she hopes to stay in education and support Nashua in some form outside the district. She has considered consulting, but her retirement is not an effort to switch jobs.

“It’s time for me to spend more time with my family,” she said. “Then, I’ll see what opportunities are out there for my future.”

Still, the departure from Nashua schools will be tough. Teachers and administrators spoke highly of Snow, and she said she will miss her colleagues.

Superintendent Mark Conrad said Snow has worked in several capacities to help the district, including teaching, administrative and peer-coaching roles.

She also led the charge in moving Amherst Street to a better place than it was several years ago, he said.

“She’s leaving at a time when the school’s in a great position, due to her hard work and those of her peers,” Conrad said.

Conrad added that she worked very long hours as principal – he saw Snow’s car at Amherst Street School on many weekend days and nights.

“She worked very hard for Amherst Street,” he said. “She’s dedicated to the success of that school and moving it forward.”

Snow’s retirement is effective June 30. She plans to spend the summer with her family and her daughter, who is expecting a second child this spring.

“My heart will always be in education with the Nashua School District,” she said. “It’s by far one of the most advanced school districts around. The past 15 years have been incredible.

“I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my life. I’m so thankful for all Nashua has done for me over the years.”

Snow is one of several Nashua administrators leaving the district at the end of the school year. Assistant Superintendent Brian Cochrane is moving to Litchfield School District to take over as superintendent, and co-director Don Jalbert is leaving the Nashua Technology Center at Nashua High School North for a job in the ConVal School District.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or Also check out Kittle (@Telegraph_CamK) on Twitter.