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South Hadley’s superintendent search down to 3 finalists

  • JAHMAL MOSELY

  • CAROLE LEARNED-MILLER

  • DIANA BONNEVILLE



Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

SOUTH HADLEY — Three finalists are in the running to become the town’s next school superintendent.

The School Committee announced this week that the search has been narrowed to the district’s current interim Superintendent Diana Bonneville; Carole Learned-Miller, chief of staff for the New York City-based Leadership Academy; and Jahmal Mosely, superintendent of schools in Nashua, New Hampshire. The finalists, announced at a special meeting Wednesday, were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants.

Bonneville, who is leading the district on an interim basis through June, came to South Hadley schools in 2012 as the South Hadley High School principal. She previously served as an assistant principal at Northampton High School for seven years, and as a middle school and high school principal at Hadley Public Schools for five years. She started as a social studies and world language teacher at Southern Berkshire Regional School District.

Bonneville became South Hadley’s interim superintendent in 2019 following the abrupt departure of then-superintendent Nicholas Young. She received her doctorate in educational policy, research and administration from the UMass Amherst and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Mosely, currently the superintendent of the Nashua, New Hampshire school district since 2017, previously served in various administrator roles, including assistant superintendent, principal and vice principal, in Massachusetts and Vermont schools beginning in the early 2000s.

He started his career as a special education teacher in Cambridge and Worcester public schools and has also worked in the Sharon, Somerset, and Middleboro, Massachusetts school systems, as well as Brattleboro, Vermont.

Mosely received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a master’s degree from Boston University.

Carol Learned-Miller is the chief of staff at The Leadership Academy, a New York City organization focused on equity and culturally responsive schools. She has also worked in leadership and instructor roles at Smith College, UMass Amherst, the Amherst Regional School District and the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Earlier in her career, she served as principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge and a director and program coordinator at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco.

An Amherst resident, Learned-Miller completed her doctorate in education leadership degree at Harvard University, a master’s degree at Boston College, and her bachelor’s at Smith College.

School Committee Vice Chairperson Allison Schlachter, who led the 15-person Superintendent Search Committee, said that “topics that rose to the top” of the search based on community surveys were diversity, equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning and development, student achievement and budgeting.

“We have so many opportunities for students in South Hadley, and we have a very driven population,” Schlachter said. “We want to see academic excellence, but we also want someone who is going to allow the students to have a balanced life, and will encourage students to find balance in their performance,” which she said “goes hand-in-hand with social-emotional learning.”

Next week, the School Committee will begin making virtual visits to the candidates’ communities to solicit feedback. The following week, candidates will visit South Hadley virtually, each for a full day concluding with a televised formal interview with the School Committee.

The committee plans to announce the new superintendent on Nov. 20.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.