The opportunity to join a new leadership team wasn’t the only thing that attracted Greeson to Westport.

WESTPORT — This school year has brought quite a bit of leadership changes to the Westport Community Schools.

While some might see such a leadership overhaul as negative, new Macomber Primary School Principal Cheryl Greeson cites it as just one reason she chose to accept the Macomber position.

“As I finished my third year as an assistant principal at Acushnet Elementary School, I was ready to make the transition into being a principal. I explored many different communities. In the end I was offered the position in Westport and was a finalist in another community,” Greeson said last week.

“Both positions were appealing for several reasons, but in the end the idea of being in a community with virtually all new leadership presented as an exciting challenge and an opportunity to develop a great collaborative team of administrators to work for the best interest of the children.”

The opportunity to join a new leadership team wasn’t the only thing that attracted Greeson to Westport.

“When I applied in Westport, colleagues of mine who knew of Westport told me what a great town it was and that the schools were very good,” Greeson said.

Although last week was the start of the school year and the first opportunity for Greeson to work with teachers with school in session, her impression of the district hasn’t changed.

“I am thoroughly enjoying the community thus far. The staff has been absolutely amazing. There is such a joy in the staff. I have loved meeting the children this week,” Greeson said.

“They are excited to be there and I am happy to say I already recognize a few of them by name. I believe that I have landed in a great place with teachers committed to the children of Westport.”

Although the staff is dedicated at Macomber, the change in leadership certainly can be challenging —- Greeson points out.

Before Greeson, longtime Westport administrator Carolyn Pontes served as the Macomber chief for two years. Pontes decided to move on to New Bedford schools this year.

Before Pontes, the school district had a different principal for three consecutive school years.

Greeson said she hopes to provide some stability and consistency.

"I want the staff to know that I am committed to the school,” Greeson said of one of her goals. “Another goal is to be an effective communicator as well as a listener. As far as long-ranging goals, those will be established as I get to know the needs of the school. This will come as I continue to know the staff, students, and families.”

Greeson appears in many ways to be the right fit for Macomber.

Greeson has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, and has worked as a literacy coach and as a high school English teacher, according to Superintendent Gary Reese.

Greeson has also worked for Wareham schools and has 25 years experience, including experience at the middle school level.

Her last job was also at school with the same grade configuration as Macomber’s kindergarten through Grade 2 setup.

Along with Greeson, the district this year has a new superintendent in Reese, as well as new junior/senior high school principal Mitchel Aho and curriculum development director Darren Elwell.

As of last week, the district appointed high school vice principal Karen Archambault, who previously worked in Wellesley Schools, as well as new interim Westport Elementary School assistant principal Marc Bell, who had previously worked in Wareham.

WES also has a new principal, Stacey Duquette, the former assistant principal who was promoted after longtime WES principal Thomas Gastall retired in June.

The list doesn’t stop there.

Reese said last week that a second vice principal at the junior/senior high school is expected to be named soon.