March 16, 2022 Principal introduction letter

Dear Hatfield Elementary Families,

First and foremost, I’d like to formally introduce myself.  I am Melissa Pitrat ( pee/traw) {straw without the ‘s’}  the new principal of HES!  I started my educational journey as a classroom teacher for twenty two years in grades first through third in both Northampton and Greenfield schools.  I became the Assistant Principal of Sheffield Elementary School in Turners Falls for four months, then was the principal for six years.  I’ve lived in Hatfield for twenty-six years and both my children matriculated from the Hatfield school district.  

As an educational leader, I strongly believe in establishing a collaborative learning environment with high expectations while building positive relationships that support both academic and social growth.  I also believe in effective lines of communication between home and school.  I will send out weekly communications on Friday’s to families.  I encourage you to reach out at any time by email;, or phone; 247-5010 to share praises, questions or concerns. 

I am eager to get to know all the students, staff and families and to partner with all of you in ensuring the success for the remainder of this school year and for many years to come!


Melissa Pitrat