Mansfield Public Schools appoints Timothy Tichacek Acting Principal of Mansfield High School for the remainder of the school year

For immediate release

MANSFIELD – Superintendent Teresa Murphy is pleased to announce that Timothy Tichacek has been appointed the new Acting Principal of Mansfield High School.

Director Tichacek took office on Monday, November 29. He joined Mansfield Public Schools on July 1, 2016 when he was appointed Deputy Principal of MHS, a position he held until his promotion to this new post. He will hold the position of interim director until the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

He replaces principal Mary Watkins, who has accepted a principal / superintendent position at Davies Career and Technical School in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

While at MHS Principal Tichacek helped bring unified sports (track and field and basketball) to Mansfield, was co-lead of the Mansfield Public Schools Mentorship and Onboarding Program for New Teachers during of the past three years and participated in the soul of leadership. One-year leadership and personal renewal program for K-12 leaders, sponsored by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association.

He served on the District Welfare Committee and planned the Welfare Fair in 2019. He also worked with the Mansfield Police Department and the District Welfare Department to provide 4L training to all students and staff.

Prior to coming to MHS, Principal Tichacek was a special education teacher in the Dighton-Rehoboth school district and a special education teacher at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington.

Director Tichacek lives in Raynham with his wife and two children.

“Mansfield is one of those cities that attracts families because of our school system, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead Mansfield High and the incredible students and families we serve,” said the principal. Tichacek. “I want to thank the school and district administrators for giving me this opportunity, and especially Principal Watkins for all she has done for MHS and for me personally over the years. Over the past few months I have had the chance to reflect on Mary’s time here and am just amazed at what she has been able to accomplish during her time at MHS, and I will do my best to follow in her footsteps.

Principal Watkins was recognized for her work in Mansfield at the school committee meeting on November 16, where she expressed her appreciation and sincere thanks to the leadership and the district committee. School committee chair Kiera O’Neil presented her with a gift of appreciation at the meeting.

Principal Watkins joined the district as a teacher in the Department of Social Studies in 2003, and served as deputy principal and associate principal before being appointed principal in 2017.

With Director Tichacek having stepped down as Deputy Director of MHS, the district once again welcomed Matthew McGuire to fill the interim role. Acting Deputy Principal McGuire left MHS in June 2021 for a deputy principal position at King Phillip Regional High School. Previously, he was chairman of the performing arts department, conductor and professor at Mansfield.

“On behalf of all Mansfield Public Schools and the MHS community, I am delighted to welcome Principal Tichacek to this new role. We know he will bring enthusiasm and expertise to the position for the remainder of the school year, ”said Superintendent Murphy. “I also want to welcome Assistant Manager McGuire to Mansfield and wish Manager Watkins the best as she leaves Mansfield after so many years leading MHS.”


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