Three Finalist Up For Wellington Elementary Principal Post

Photo: Wellington Elementary School.

They have met with teachers and staff, a parents group and administrators. And the selection of the next principal of the Roger Wellington Elementary School is in the home stretch with one of three candidates to be selected to take the reins from Amy Spangler, who left after five years at the school. The finalists will soon meet with Belmont Superintendent John Phelan who will make the final decision in the next few weeks. 

The three finalists are:

  • Martha Wiley of Oxford
  • Jody Day Klein of Newton
  • Allison Franke of Somerville

Wiley is the principal of the Clara Barton Elementary School which is part of the Oxford Public Schools. Wiley has been leading the 3rd- through 4th-grade school since July 2016. She came to her current position in central Massachusetts from the Fitchburg public schools where she spent nearly five years as assistant principal of the K-4 Reingold Elementary. For 17 years, she was an elementary school teacher in the Northborough district.

Wiley has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in Elementary and Middle School Education from Cambridge College and an Educational Specialist degree from Bay Path College.

Klein has been the interim principal of Newton’s Lincoln-Eliot School for nearly two years, after spending a decade as the director of English Language Learning in the Newton School District. She started in Newton as the World Languages Coordinator. Klein is a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Administrator Trainer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She also works with Research for Better Teaching and is an instructor of Studying Skillful Teacher

Klein received her B.A. from Washington DC’s American University, her M.Ed. from Boston University, and a C.A.G.S. in School Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Franke is an assistant principal of Somerville’s Capuano Early Education Center, a pre-K, and Kindergarten school, for nearly four years, after working for four years as a literacy specialist at the Franklin Elementary School in West Newton. She’s held numerous posts in and out of elementary education after starting her career as a kindergarten and second-grade teacher in the Los Angeles schools for nearly four years. 

A DC native, Franke graduated with a computer science degree from Amherst, earned an Ed.M in Language and Literacy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a masters in organizational management from Endicott. 

Butler Principal Finalists Set To Visit Belmont Thursday, Friday

Photo: The Daniel Butler Elementary School.

The Butler Elementary Principal Screening Committee has completed its work and has forwarded to Superintendent John Phelan four candidates as finalists, according to Mary Pederson, director of human resources for the Belmont Public Schools and a member of the search committee.

Those candidates are:

  • Julie Babson has worked in the Belmont Public Schools since 1998. Currently, she is a third-grade teacher. Before moving to the elementary schools, she taught fifth grade at the Chenery Middle School.
  • Danielle Batencourt is currently a vice principal at the Brophy Elementary School in Framingham. She has taught second and first grades, respectively, in Newton and Dorchester.
  • Brad Kershner is presently the Director of the Primary School within the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. Prior to that position, he taught at the preschool and elementary school levels in San Francisco and Berkley.
  • Tiffany Back is the assistant principal and teacher at the Bowen Elementary School in Newton. Back also taught grades 4 and 5 at the Franklin and Underwood elementary schools in Newton, and the Paton Elementary School in Shrewsbury beginning in 2000. 

The public is invited to meet the candidates in the Butler’s library at the times listed:

Thursday, June 2

  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Julie Babson
  • 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Danielle Batencourt
  • 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.: Brad Kershner

Monday, June 6

  • 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Tiffany Back