Meet The Head of EG Schools, Dr. Mercurio

Oliver P., Fifth Grade Reporter

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Growing up in Warwick, Dr. Victor Mercurio knew he wanted to be a teacher when he grew up.

“I just wanted to be able to teach kids,” says Mercurio. To pursue his dream, Dr. Mercurio attended Bishop Hendricken High School in his hometown of Warwick. There he was a goalkeeper for Hendricken’s varsity soccer team from his sophomore year until he graduated. After high school, Dr. Mercurio was recruited and awarded a scholarship for his athletic abilities

From there, Dr. Mercurio attended Boston College and Providence College. In college he majored in English, and minored in secondary education.He had dreams about being able to play professional soccer and coaching at the same level. In the summers, Dr. Mercurio worked at soccer camps and cut the grass at Warwick Country Club.

After college, Mercurio followed through with his goal to teach kids. It was when he was working as an assistant principal at a high school that Dr. Mercurio was inspired to become a superintendent.

Along with the job comes some tough decisions to make, such as snow days. Before he can call a snow day, Dr. Mercurio first talks to the Director of the Buildings and Grounds. Then, he must talk to the snow removal company. Lastly, he and other superintendents from around the area work to decide the safest choice for the students, and teachers.

Dr. Mercurio has been the superintendent for the East Greenwich School District since 2009, working for the seven members of the East Greenwich School Committee. The best part of his job, he says, is talking to students and teachers every day.

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