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People Watch

people_atkinson Cheryl L.H. Atkinson
DeKalb County, Georgia’s third-biggest school system, with 98,600 students, has hired Cheryl Atkinson as superintendent. Her 30-year career includes various administrative posts, most recently the superintendency in Lorain, Ohio. Earlier, she was deputy superintendent in Kansas City, Mo., and associate superintendent and regional superintendent in Charlotte-Mecklenberg, N.C. A 2006 graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy, Atkinson holds a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech. She joined AASA in 2007.
 people_begley Lydia M. Begley
The associate superintendent for educational services of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County, N.Y., is Lydia Begley, who spent the last two years as superintendent in Wantagh, N.Y. The post is newly created. In Wantagh, Begley also worked as assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel for 10 years. She earlier was a grade school principal in New York’s New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, and a middle school principal in Harborfields. An AASA member since 2009, Begley earned a doctorate from Hofstra University.
 people_donoyan Giovanna M. Donoyan
An educator for 14 years in Rhode Island, Giovanna Donoyan has been appointed superintendent of the 6,700-student Woonsocket, R.I., school system. She most recently worked as assistant superintendent in North Providence for four years. Earlier, Donoyan worked for 10 years in the Coventry, R.I., district as a teacher of gifted students and professional development director. She spent the first seven years of her working life in commercial bank management. Donoyan, an AASA member since 2008, earned her Ph.D. from University of Rhode Island.
 people_Snyder Lisa L. Snyder
After two years atop the 3,100-student Merrill, Wis., schools, Lisa Snyder has assumed the superintendency of the Lakeville Area Public Schools, 35 miles south of Minneapolis, Minn. She previously was a middle school and elementary school principal in Holmen, Wis., and worked in Sparta, Wis., St. Charles, Minn., and Winona, Minn. Snyder also was an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. An AASA member since 2009, Snyder holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota.



sidelight_narakAlways looking for a way to stay connected to the classroom, one-time science teacher Tom Narak does so now joined by one unusual pet — Rosie, his Chilean Rose Hair tarantula. Narak, an AASA member since 1990 who works as government relations director for the School Administrators of Iowa, has owned the spider with a pinkish hue for nine years. He had an earlier tarantula (named Lurch) that he received as a birthday gift. On occassion, Narak has dressed as a mad scientist to accompany Rosie to Learnapalooza, an education fair in West Des Moines, Iowa, where he previously was superintendent. One downside of the class visits: Parents complain there’s “a lot of pressure” at home now for a pet tarantula.


Gustavo Balderas,
from assistant superintendent of support services, Hillsboro, Ore., to superintendent, Madera, Calif.

Raymond Bandlow, from superintendent, Fort Lee, N.J., to superintendent, Beacon, N.Y.

Victoria C. Gehrt, from assistant superintendent, Kennett Square, Pa., to superintendent, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, Wilmington, Del.

Lawrence Hindt, from superintendent, Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas, to superintendent, Stafford, Texas

Bernard A. Josefsberg, from superintendent, Leonia, N.J., to superintendent, Easton, Redding and Region 9 Districts, Easton, Conn.

Don Lucas, from superintendent, Burlington County Special Services School District Mount Holly, N.J., to superintendent, Burlington County Special Services School District/Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westampton, N.J.

Art J. McCoy, from superintendent for secondary education to superintendent, Ferguson-Florissant School District R2, Florissant, Mo.

Gloria O. Rendon, from coordinator of communication and leadership development to executive director, New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators

Cynthia Simms, from interim superintendent, Los Gatos, Calif., to superintendent, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Foster City, Calif.

Bruce Tabor, from superintendent, Ezzell Independent School District, Hallettsville, Texas, to superintendent, Wortham, Texas

Steven R. Wrobleski, from assistant superintendent/curriculum director to superintendent, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, LaSalle, Ill.

Ben Canada,
associate executive director of district services, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, Texas

Craig A. Carter, superintendent, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, LaSalle, Ill.

Tom Sullivan, executive director, New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators

Louis Talarico, superintendent, Florence, N.J.

Robert Witten, executive director, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Lewisburg, Pa.

Randy Willison,
superintendent, Batesville, Ark., appointed by governor to four-year term on the Southern Regional Education Board

News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543.


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