hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

August 29, 2013

New faces to greet students

Schools get new principals, head of guidance

By Shawn Regan
Staff Writer

---- — As the city’s public school students return to classes this week, they will see plenty of new faces as well as familiar faces in new roles.

“Overall we’re doing more with fewer people, but we also promoted several internal people to new positions, and we brought in a few excellent people with great resumes from outside,” Superintendent James Scully said.

Topping the list are several new principals and assistant vice principals:

Margaret Shepherd is the new principal at Horace Mann Silver Hill Charter School. She comes from Lowell public schools, where she was coordinator of a federal grant program.

John Mele was promoted to principal at Consentino Middle School.

Darshan Thakkar and Bryan Oelerich are new assistant principals at Consentino. Both men were teachers at Haverhill High.

Timothy Corkery is the new assistant principal at Nettle Middle School. He is a retired naval aviator and former teacher at a middle school in Arizona.

Brian Gill is the new assistant principal at Whittier Middle School and the head administrator in charge of Greenleaf and Walnut Square elementary schools. He was formerly principal of Georgetown Middle School.

There were also several big changes in the school administrative office:

Leighton O’Connor replaced Kara Kosmes as the School Department business manager. Kosmes left over the summer for a similar job at Whittier Regional Technical High School.

Theresa Senio replaced Maury Covino as the director of special education. Covino retired last year.

Tracy Encarnacao is the new supervisor of guidance counselors and student support services.

Maureen Gray, the supervisor of early childhood education, will also oversee the Crowell and Bartlett kindergarten centers, as well as Moody School.

Tom O’Brien, the high school athletic director, will also be in charge of the district’s physical education and wellness program.

Haverhill schools opened Tuesday for student in grades one through 12. Kindergarten students return Sept. 3 and pre-kindergarten students return Sept. 4.