DIGHTON — After serving for nearly 18 years in the New Bedford Public School system, Lynn Dessert wanted to bring her experience to a small town setting.

In October, Dessert accepted a position as principal at Dighton Elementary School, where she felt that the district administration’s philosophy aligned with her own.

″(Taking this position) was an honor – it’s a larger school than my previous one, and I loved the district when I came in for an interview. I knew it felt right.”

Dessert served for over a decade as the interim principal at the DeValles Elementary School before taking a job as the principal at John Avery Parker Elementary School in 2015.

Dessert said she left the position in October because of prolonged differences with the superintendent and a high turnover rate among faculty and students.

Because of New Bedford’s large population, Dessert said the “transient” nature of student and faculty at her school resulted in roughly a 40 percent turnover rate each year for students switching to other schools within the district. She also remembers that “10 to 12″ staff exited the Parker School in one year.

At Dighton Elementary, Dessert accepted a two-year contract with an option to extend after one year – an option that she said she intends to take.

Although Dessert said that it was difficult to take a new position after the school year had started in New Bedford, she initially passed up a job offer in August. As of Oct. 30, Sandra Ford, a New Bedford school employee for 33 years, is the acting principal at Parker.

So far, Dessert said her experience at Dighton has been a much less urgent environment than that of New Bedford’s schools. She appreciates that the school’s administration has the ability to take the extra time to work together and analyze its situation than New Bedford’s schools.

Another aspect of the job that attracted her was the fact that she would have an assistant principal.

“When you’re a lone administrator, you’re on your own island, so to speak. For me, this was a promotion.

“I feel like this is such a caring environment where the kids come first. The families have been so warm and welcoming, too. I’m so grateful; this is my dream job and a place where I would like to end my career,” she said.