• Dear Vartan Community,


    It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school that has such a rich tradition of student achievement. Throughout the state, Vartan is known as a school with a talented and dedicated teaching staff, engaged students, and a supportive school community. I look forward to working with everyone.


    This will be my 17th year as an educator in Providence. For thirteen years, I was a classroom teacher. For much of that time, I taught 5th grade at Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School. Following my time at King, I accepted an offer to become the Math Coach at Fogarty. I was in that role before becoming the Assistant Principal at Fogarty last year.


    This will be an exciting summer, as our school is undergoing some major repairs and renovations. Room 8 will be transformed into a cutting edge, modern classroom that emphasizes student collaboration, choice, and flexibility. Our roof will also be repaired, along with the damaged interior. We are also working to establish a technology room, a central location for families to meet, among many other initiatives. 


    I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire school community to make Vartan the best school in the state. We are hard at work planning events and activities that will challenge and engage all students. From my office, I plan on implementing student of the month, positive office referrals, enrichment opportunities, and many additional structures that will promote a positive and nurturing environment.


    Thank you to everyone who has already welcomed me to the Vartan family. I look forward to meeting you all. Please contact me via email: matthew.russo@ppsd.org if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon.


    Matt Russo