PRESS RELEASE – NEW PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED AT MOUNT GREYLOCK
Mt. Greylock Regional School District Announces a New Principal
Williamstown, MA – June 14, 2012 – Superintendent Rose Ellis and the 14-member Principal Search Committee, which includes representatives from the Mt. Greylock faculty, staff, parent groups, School Committee, and students, are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Kurty (Jack) as the new Principal of Mt. Greylock Regional School.
After a three-month, national and on-line search to fill the position, Dr. Kurty has been selected and will begin as Principal at Mt. Greylock on July 1st.
"I am so delighted to appoint Dr. Kurty as the new principal at Mount Greylock," Dr. Ellis said. "This is the result of a highly participatory effort and I cannot imagine a better outcome for Mount Greylock. I am very much looking forward to having Jack on board."
A native of western Massachusetts and graduate of Westfield High School, Dr. Kurty received his B.A. from Colgate University, M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Ed.D. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In addition, he earned an M.B.A. degree at Keller Graduate School of Management.
He most recently served as Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the International Community School, London. Dr. Kurty spent ten years in school leadership positions at the American School in London and also served as Director of Special Programs/Executive Director of High Jump at the Latin School of Chicago. He has also been an instructor at National Louis University (IL), Simmons College (MA), and at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (ME).
Trained as an Accreditation Team Chair, he has additionally been an active volunteer with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Dr. Kurty is an educator with experience in mission-driven organizations, program development, teaching, and learning. He has taught students in grades 7 – 12 and coached boys' and girls' athletics at the Middle School and High School level. Outside of school, his interests include coaching, involvement with a wide range of visual and performing arts, and outdoor activities such as skiing, cycling, and country walking. Dr. Kurty is relocating to the area from London and is eager to become an active member of the community.
"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the students and staff of Mt Greylock Regional School District," Dr. Kurty said. "My recent conversations on campus left me impressed with the dedicated faculty, supportive community, and great school spirit at Mount Greylock. I look forward to a positive and productive experience on behalf of students and to leading the continued development of an exceptional school."