Five finalists for assistant superintendent of the Arlington public schools were announced to the School Committee on Thursday, April 12.

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Robert Spiegel, head of human resources, offered some background for the five, who include an internal candidate, Kerry Dunne, the K-12 director of history and social studies.

The five met the public on separate days, from Monday, April 23, to Monday, April 30. They are:

* Sheryl Boris-Schacter, who is the principal of the Hunnewell Elementary School in Wellesley.

Before that position, Schacter served as a professor of education at Lesley University. She was the founding program director for curriculum and instruction, the founding program director for educational leadership, and the founding interim director of the Division of Teaching and Leadership, all at Lesley University.

Before her experience at Lesley, Boris-Schacter was a teacher and administrator in public school districts in Massachusetts and New York. She received a bachelor's in English and elementary education from Hofstra University, a master's of education in Reading from Boston College, a master's of education in Administration from Harvard University and a doctorate of Education from Harvard University.

* Laura Chesson, who is currently the principal of Maynard High School.

Before assuming her current role, Chesson was the assistant principal of Leominster High School, a summer principal at the Boston Arts Academy, the assessment coordinator at Boston Arts Academy, a program director at the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston and a math teacher for the Hudson public schools and for a school district in New Mexico.

She worked for IBM for several years before becoming an educator. Chesson has a bachelor of science in computer science from Alfred University, a master's in school administration from UMass./Lowell, and a doctorate in school leadership from UMass./Lowell.

* Dunne is also the Teaching American History Grant Program manager. She previously served as a history and social studies department head and history teacher at Framingham High School. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at Brandeis University and Framingham State University.

Dunne received a bachelor's in history and political science from Marquette University, a master's of education from UMass./Amherst and will receive a doctorate from Boston College in May 2012.

* Michael Harvey, who is the principal of Belmont High School. He previously served as the director of Social Studies for the Belmont public schools.

Before moving to the Belmont schools, Harvey was the assistant principal for the humanities in the Triton Regional School District and an English and social studies teacher at Ipswich High School and a grade 7 language arts teacher for the Derry, N.H., cooperative school district.

He received a bachelor'sin English and history from Amherst College, a master's in history from Northeastern University and a doctorate in education from UMass./Lowell.

* Alexander Wyeth, who is the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Norwood public schools.

He previously served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Waltham public schools and the director of curriculum and instruction for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.

Wyeth was also a dean of students in school districts in Amherst, New Hampshire and Wilmington, Delaware. He has also taught English in schools in New Jersey and Scotland.

Wyeth received a bachelor's in English and philosophy from Vanderbilt University, a master's in English from Villanova University and a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy with a concentration in elementary and secondary education from Harvard University.

Assistant Superintendent Interview Schedule

All will meet with staff, parents and School Committee members in the School Committee Room, sixth floor, Arlington High School, from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. each day:

Harvey - Monday, April 23

Wyeth – Tuesday, April 24

Chesson – Wednesday, April 25

Dunne – Thursday, April 26

Boris-Shackter – Monday, April 30


This story was first published Friday, April 13, and updated Monday, April 23.