WILMINGTON, MA — While the Wilmington School Committee searches for its next Superintendent, it may be on the verge of losing its Assistant Superintendent.
On Tuesday night, Wilmington Assistant Superintendent of Schools Sean Gallagher was announced as a finalist in the Newburyport Superintendent Search.
Gallagher is one of two finalists selected from a pool of 24 candidates.
Gallagher will be visiting Newburyport schools on Tuesday, February 13. He will be publicly interviewed by the School Committee on Tuesday night. A second interview with the Committee is likely to take place shortly thereafter.
Gallagher has been with the Wilmington school district for 20 months, 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).
The Newburyport School Committee is also considering finalist Anthony Colannino, president of the Learning and Teaching for Growth in Greater Boston.
The chosen candidate will take over for Superintendent Susan Viccaro, who is retiring at the end of the school year after five years in the position.
Interestingly, Newburyport and Wilmington both used the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) as its superintendent search firm. Gallagher, who served on Wilmington’s Superintendent Screening Committee over the past few weeks, will be visiting Newburyport on the same day that two of Wilmington’s finalists will be coming to town.
Since coming to Wilmington, Gallagher has also been a finalist in the Superintendent searches in Ipswich and Peabody.
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