Principal's Page

MVMMS Families,
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter having recently been appointed the principal of Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.  I am looking forward to joining the Melrose community, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

I began my career in education as a high school drama teacher in Knoxville, Tennessee.  After obtaining my administrative certification, I remained with the Knox County Schools as a middle school assistant principal for seven years until I moved to Boston with my wife.  I have been fortunate to continue my administrative career at Butler Middle School in Lowell, where I have served for the past two years.  

My priority in the coming weeks is to meet the parents, students, and staff of the Melrose Middle School Community.  I am scheduling several “Meet the Principal” sessions, and it is my hope that each of you is able to attend one at a time that is convenient for you.  I look forward to hearing from MVMMS families about the many wonderful things that are happening at our school, and to listen to any questions or concerns that you may have.  

I have set aside the following times to meet with MVMMS parents, students, and families in the Cafeteria.  The sessions will be informal, and I invite you to arrive at any time during the designated times that is convenient for you.

Wednesday, July 10th    4:00 – 7:00

  • Thursday, July 18th     9:00 – 12:00
  • Tuesday, July 23rd     12:00 – 3:00
  • Monday, July 29th     4:00 – 7:00
  • Tuesday, August 6th     2:00 – 5:00 

Please email me at if you are not available during any of these times and would like to set up a more convenient time to meet.  

I close this letter with a commitment: The education and safety of your children – our students – will be my focus from my very first day.  One thing I know to be certain is your support and partnership is key to your student’s success. I ask that you communicate with the school whenever you have a question or concern, and know that you can expect regular communication from us as well.  I have high expectations for the coming school year, and I hope that you do as well. I consider it a privilege to serve as your child’s principal, and I am looking forward to a new school year.


Zach Best