UPDATED: Framingham Names Permanent Director of Elementary Education

Originally posted at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday. Last updated at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Source has learned that Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay has made his interim choice for Framingham Public Schools Director of Elementary Education his permanent choice.

In August, Tremblay named Stapleton Elementary principal Amy Bright as the interim Director of Elementary Education to replace Graci Wai, who resigned, in August.

Bright will drop the interim title, now.

“Although Ms. Bright, who has been serving as the Interim since August, initially wished to balance both of her positions for the course of the year, she and the District quickly recognized the need to establish an invested and calibrated vision for the Office of Teaching Learning,” said the Superintendent in a press release.

This year, Bright served as both Stapleton Elementary principal and the newly-created position of Director of Elementary Education. And next school year, she will drop the Stapleton Elementary principal post.

Bright was selected from a pool of qualified candidates, said the press release.

Bright holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Northeastern University, a Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida, and another Master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Tremblay created the positions of Director of Elementary Education and Director of Secondary Education this year when he started in the district in April. Framingham High School Associate Principal Anne Ludes was named Director of Secondary Education in June.

Bright will work in unison with Ludes “to strengthen curriculum and instruction PreK-12 within the district,” said Tremblay in a press release.

The base salary for the two positions is $128,200.42.

Bright taught sixth grade English language arts and math students in Walpole before moving to Florida.  Bright then taught for a total of six years in the Duval County Public Schools as a Grade 4/5 math and science teacher (five years) and as an instructional coach (two years). Due to her husband’s job, she returned to Massachusetts and taught fourth grade ELL students in Boston Public Schools for a year before relocating once again to Jacksonville.  She worked in Duval County Public Schools as a math and instructional coach for two years, elementary assistant principal for two years, and completed her third year as an elementary principal before becomming Stapleton Elementary Principal in June 2014.

Stapleton has had two assistant principals this year – Allison Benebdallah, who was promoted to Assistant Principal at Stapleton after successfully completing her administrative internship at Fuller Middle School, and Michelle Biasella, the literacy coach at Stapleton Elementary.

“As the Director of Elementary Education, Ms. Bright will support all elementary schools, including the Stapleton leadership team of Ms. Benabdallah and Ms. Biasella in whom she and the District have full faith. As a result of this shift, the position for Stapleton Elementary School Principal will be posted immediately, and the District will engage in staff and community focus groups prior to establishing a Screening Committee made up of all stakeholders, including Stapleton staff and parents, to obtain the most qualified candidate,” said the press release.

The promotion of Bright, means that one-third of Framingham’s nine elementary schools will have new leadership in the 2018-19 school year.

Those elementary schools are McCarthy, Potter Road, and Stapleton.

McCarthy Elementary School is on its second search to replace Principal Matthew Hanlon, who resigned in June.

Framingham Assistant Superintendent of Schools Frank Tiano is acting principal this year. 

This week, Framingham Public Schools announced two finalists for McCarthy Elementary principal.

Potter Road Elementary Principal Paula Del Prete announced she would retire last month. A screening committee to review applications, interview candidates, and identify finalists has been named.

Bright was hired as Stapleton Elementary Principal in June of 2014.  She was the school’s third principal in the calendar year of 2014.

In March 2014, Principal Joseph Smith was placed on administrative leave and later resigned. Dunning Elementary principal Kim Taylor was named interim Principal at Stapleton, while still leading Dunning until the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Smith was hired in the the summer of 2013, after Principal William McDonald resigned. McDonald was hired in 2009.

The hiring of a new principal for Stapleton in 2018 will be the fifth principal in five years for the elementary school.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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