News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 26, 2018
New adventures abound for DISHS principal

Ed Hatch leaving DISHS

After just one year as the principal and athletic director at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Ed Hatch is not only stepping down from his post, but stepping away from education altogether.

Penobscot Bay Press file photo

by Monique Labbe

After just one year as the principal and athletic director at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Ed Hatch is not only stepping down from his post, but stepping away from education altogether.

“I have enjoyed the last 21 years in education, but I just felt it was time to allow myself a new adventure,” said Hatch. “I have come to realize that you do not have to do one career forever.”

Hatch was hired during the summer of 2017, in time for the current school year. During that time, Hatch said he has enjoyed working with the students and staff at the school.

“The best part of the past year has been the opportunity to work with such a great staff, invested community and some pretty great kids,” he said.

Prior to serving as principal at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Hatch held the position of assistant principal and athletic director at Bucksport High School. He was familiar with the community coming into the role on the island, though, as he spent several nights in the area as the Sensai at Tracy’s Institute of Self Defense in Deer Isle. The dojo, he said, will at least allow him the opportunity to continue to do some teaching.

Hatch said that he has been impressed with the community involvement at the school, as well as the amount of potential he sees in the future of education on the island.

“There is so much potential for the future of our schools here and my one regret will be not seeing that to fruition,” he said.

While he is currently unsure of what his new career path will be, he is excited to take on something with a new change of pace.

“Being a public school administrator comes with a lot of stress,” he said. “You are always looking at ways to improve every little detail of the school, and schools have a lot of details.”

As Hatch closes the education chapter of his life, he is quick to point out his passion for the final school he will work at.

“I want everyone here on the island, from staff and students to the community, to know that I have appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this community in my short time here,” he said. “I can’t stress enough how incredible the last year here as well as the past 21 overall have been to me. I wouldn’t change a thing.”