WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Assistant Superintendent of Schools Sean Gallagher is a finalist in the Ipswich Superintendent Search.
Gallagher is one of five finalists selected from a pool of 33 candidates.
Gallagher will be visiting Ipswich schools this Friday. He will be publicly interviewed by the School Committee on Friday night. Earlier in the day, Gallagher is expected to answer questions during a forum from parents and community members.
Gallagher has been with the Wilmington school district for almost a year, having been appointed Assistant Superintendent at a special School Committee Meeting on June 27, 2016.
“We are thrilled to have Sean join our team,” stated then Superintendent Mary DeLai after the meeting. “His experience with leading innovation in teaching and learning, his focus on lifelong learning for both students and staff, and his commitment to helping all students succeed are assets that we as a district value greatly.”
Prior to arriving in Wilmington, Gallagher was Principal of Beverly High School for ten years (2006-2016). During his tenure, Beverly High was named a “Breaking Ranks Showcase School” by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Gallagher oversaw the implementation of several successful innovative programs in Beverly, including a 1:1 laptop initiative, a Freshman Academy, a Student Exchange Program, and a Senior Internship Program. Gallagher also coordinated the new Beverly High School building project.
Gallager began his education career as a health teacher at an Everett elementary school (1994-1995), Special Education Teacher at Lynn Alternative High School (1995-1997), and health teacher at Salem High School (1997-2003). He then served as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director (2003-2005) for Salem High, before becoming Assistant Principal at Beverly High School (2005-2006). Gallagher also served as a adjunct professor at Endicott College (2009-2014).
Besides Gallagher, Ipswich superintendent finalists include New Hampshire superintendents Brian Blake and Peter Warburton; Holbrook superintendent Patricia Lally (who is a former Tewksbury High Principal & Tewksbury Assistant Superintendent); and former Peabody superintendent Joseph Mastrocola (who also expressed interest in serving as Wilmington’s Interim Superintendent after Mary DeLai’s resignation).
The School Committee is expected to make a decision within the next two weeks.
The chosen candidate will take over for current superintendent Bill Hart, who announced in July 2016 that he’d be leaving the district at the completion of his contract on June 30, 2017.
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