A Message From Eliot's Principal  
                     Roderick MacNeal, Jr.

Hello Parents/Guardians,

I am honored to receive the opportunity to serve as the Principal of Eliot Elementary School and to become a part of Needham Public Schools.  It is my intent to continue the excellent reputation and commitment to education that has been established by Mrs. Wilcox and staff.

 I come to you from the West Bloomfield School District, which is located in Michigan, where I recently served as the Principal of Ealy Elementary School.

 My other administrator experience includes serving as the assistant principal of Brace-Lederle (Southfield Public Schools) where I helped transition the school from an elementary school to a K-8 program.  In 2005, as a K-8 program, Brace-Lederle received the Michigan Blue Ribbon Award.

In 2007, I was transferred to Levey Middle School  (6-8) as an assistant principal in order to assist with its reform.  

My teaching experience includes pre-school, kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grade in Detroit and Southfield Public Schools.

My educational background includes a B.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where I majored in English Literature.  I received my teacher certification and Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from Wayne State University (Detroit).  I also have an Educational Specialist Degree in General Administration and Supervision from Wayne State as well.

I am looking forward to a great year.  I have met many of the Eliot staff and believe that we will continue creating a positive learning environment for all students.  I have also met with members from Eliot's PTC and the School Council.  It is my belief that parents are an integral part of the learning process.  I welcome all suggestions and hope that each of you finds a way to involve yourself at Eliot.  

I look forward to meeting every one of you as the year progresses.  It is my hope that we can form a productive and meaningful partnership as we get to know one another over the year.


Roderick MacNeal, Jr
Eliot Elementary School     

John Eliot Elementary School
135 Wellesley Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Roderick MacNeal, Jr.

Telephone: 781-455-0452
Fax: 781-455-0852

School Hours
8:35 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Early Release:
8:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.