Steve Tullar, Principal


There is a saying, if you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough.  In 2016, we moved to Rye,NH and we live by the sea and I began work in East Kingston.  My wife, Sharyn, and our five year old black lab, Lyla love living next to the ocean.  We have three young adult children - Dianna, Noel, and Bryant.  It is a joy to watch them navigate adult life with all that it has to offer!    I definitely feel  lucky!

I feel fortunate to be principal of East Kingston Elementary School.  I enjoy coming to work everyday and find joy in being an elementary school principal.  Previously, I was principal of Westminster Community Schools in Westminster, VT., serving eleven years in that role.  It was a great learning experience.

I came to the world of education as a second career. I worked as a dairy farmer and a carpenter before returning to complete my college degree. In 1988, I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Sociology, followed by a Masters of Education in Elementary Ed.  Later, I went back and got a second masters, this one in Administration and Supervision.  I first taught at Stratham Memorial School,  then the Oyster River Cooperative School District - at both Oyster River Elementary School and Moharimet Elementary School.  I taught grades three to five during those years including several years as a teacher of multiage classrooms..  I also was the assistant principal in Auburn, NH for one year.  In 2002, I joined the faculty at Keene State College, working with students who were interested in becoming elementary school teachers .  It was at KSC that I became aware of the principalship in Westminster.  It was an easy decision for me to make the move back to elementary school. And I am glad I did!

Emily Darby


Hi there! My name is Emily Darby, and I am the very lucky to teach at East Kingston Elementary School.  For the past six years, I have served as the Literacy Coach.  Starting this fall 2017, my newly expanded role is Curriculum Coach! I have been a classroom teacher, a Reading Specialist, an Inclusion teacher,  a preschool teacher, and a multi-age teacher in five other states before moving to New Hampshire with my husband and two boys, seven years ago.  I am so glad we did!  My passion is finding fun, engaging ways to foster the love of reading in children, empowering kids to learn, and collaborating with administrators, teachers, librarians, and families to make this happen.  ‚Äč

2018-2019 Budget

A draft of the 2018-2019 EKES Budget is now available.  Please see our School Board pages for more information as well as meeting dates and times below:

Public Hearing on 2019 School Budget

January 11, 2018 6:30 PM at the East Kingston Elementary School

Deliberative Session on 2019 School Budget

February 6, 2018 at the East Kingston Elementary School

Amanda Ward to Join EKES in the 2017-18 School Year

Amanda Ward was approved by the EK School Board to be the fourth grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  Click here to learn more about Amanda.

PAC Competency Based Education Presentation

Click here to view the EKES PAC Competency Based Education (CBE) presentation.