It’s about the kids

It’s about the kids

Needham Elementary principal picks prime time to retire
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“We don’t want you to retire,” yells second-grader Sanae Green as she hugs Principal Pete Harter, who is doing recess duty. Harter is retiring after 23 years as principal at Needham Elementary School. Second-grader Pamela Mendisco sits on top of the slide as Nevaeh Salas watches.
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He’s known for always taking the time to listen. Principal Pete Harter bends his ear for student Lorien Hoshall in the Needham Elementary School hallway. Walking with Hoshall are Lydia Schertz and Abigail Allsopp.
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He’s known for always taking time to listen. Needham Elementary School Principal Pete Harter works out a misunderstanding between students Jason Lopez, left, and Renado Wilson during recess.
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He’s been a big presence at Needham Elementary School for the last 23 school years. Pete Harter, ushering students back to classes after a midday recess, is retiring at the end of the year.
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Pete Harter’s wall of mementos, collected over 23 years as Needham principal, will come down at the school year’s end.
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He’s been tied to the principal’s position at Needham Elementary school for 23 years. Next year Pete Harter will return as a fourth-grade teacher under a shared position. So students such as second-grader Susana Esqueda-Espinoza won’t have to say goodbye forever when this school year ends.
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A community celebration for Pete Harter, who is retiring as Needham Elementary School principal, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 2425 West Third Ave. The event is in the Needham multipurpose room and the Pete Harter...

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