In all 26 applicants were screened and 8 were chosen for interviews, according to a district release. A hiring committee made up of school administrators, Chatham Elementary teachers and parents conducted the interviews and forward two of the candidates to Superintendent Scott Carpenter as finalist.
The two finalists are Kathleen Podesky and James Graham. Podesky has 15 years of experience as an elementary school principal according to the release. She was principal of the Minot Forest School in Wareham for 7 years and is currently the principal of the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield. She is a former president of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association. Podesky earned her undergraduate degree from UMASS Amherst and her masters from Bridgewater State College.
Graham is the principal of North Brookfield Elementary School. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal in the Wachusett Regional School District. Before that, Graham was a public school teacher in Springfield and West Springfield. He earned his undergraduate degree and masters from UMASS Amherst and is working on his doctorate from the American International College.
Both candidates will be available to meet with parents at public forums on Monday, May 12 (Podesky) and Thursday, May 15 (Graham) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30: p.m. in the Chatham Elementary School Library. Site visits to the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School and North Brookfield Elementary are also being planned by the hiring committee. The final decision will be made by Superintended Carpenter, according to the release.
A similar process was undergone this winter to find Monomoy Regional High School and Middle School principals.