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Hamilton Elementary School


2020 Principal's Message

Hamilton Elementary School


February 11, 2020 

Dear Hamilton School Families,


Happy 100th day of school! Can you believe it? Time flies! As many of you already know, this school year I welcomed my second child, Markie Donahue! The past six months have been wonderful watching him grow and learn. That said, I’m also thrilled to be back part time with our Hamilton family and watching your children grow and learn!   While I’m part time Karen Seitler will assist on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Karen was a building principal for many years at Fishing Cove. I have prepared detailed materials to help Principal Seitler become familiar with our curriculum, school culture, and overall daily operational systems.   I trust that these preparations will prove extremely helpful to all during this transition. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Principal Seitler and/or contact her with any questions you may have at or 401-268-6520. 

Some important dates: 

Movie Night hosted by PTO on Friday February 21, 2020 

PTO Meeting March 19, 2020 from 4-5PM in the school library. We hope you can join us!

Follow us: 

The Hamilton Twitter handle is he_huskies

The Hamilton Instagram account is he_huskies. 

It is an honor to be the principal of Hamilton Elementary School.  A little about myself: I grew up in Little Compton, Rhode Island. I attended the University of Rhode Island for my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education and a minor in Leadership Studies.   I then moved to New York City after being selected by Teach For America. Teach For America (TFA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. While there I  worked as a NYC public school teacher. I taught Kindergarten and First Grade at P.S. 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, and I also taught Second Grade at P.S. 135 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. As a TFA alumnus and school leader my goal is not only to make a short-term impact on students, but also to become a lifelong leader in pursuing educational equality.  Before accepting an administrative position with the North Kingstown School District I was an assistant principal in Bridgewater, MA.


While teaching, I earned a Master of Science Education in Literacy. I also earned a Master of Science Education in Education Leadership and Administration.  As an administrator, in May of 2014 I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I have my teaching license in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education. I am also a certified Literacy Specialist and School Building Leader/District Leader.


Instilling a love of learning in each child is one of my top priorities throughout the year.  Guiding students to develop into lifelong learners who enjoy and embrace learning will provide them with a strong foundation for future learning, academic success, and happiness. My past experience has shown me that it takes a team to help all students reach their maximum potential. I am thrilled to be a part of Team Hamilton!  I am confident that this will be an outstanding school year and look forward to working with the school community to continue the Hamilton tradition of academic excellence! I am excited to lead this great school and work with the many parent/guardian volunteers who support Hamilton.  




Kaitlin Lambert Donahue, Ph.D.