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People Watch - Jody Goeler

Jody I. Goeler
Following a three-year stint atop the regional school district based in Woodbury, Conn., Jody Goeler has taken over the superintendency in Hamden, Conn. Goeler earlier spent a year as interim superintendent and four years as assistant superintendent in Avon, Conn., where he earlier worked as a middle school principal. Goeler also spent five years as the language arts supervisor in New Milford, Conn. A member of AASA for eight years, Goeler began his education career as an English and remedial writing teacher.

 People Watch - Kriss Hagerl

Kriss Hagerl
Kriss Hagerl has moved from interim to permanent superintendent in Sierra Vista, Ariz., a community where she has worked for more than a quarter century. Hagerl previously spent two years as associate superintendent and a year as director of human resources. Before moving into central-office administration, she spent seven years in administration at Buena High School, where she served as a math teacher for the 12 years prior. Hagerl joined AASA as a member in 2009.

 People Watch - William Harner

William E. Harner
Bill Harner is the new superintendent of Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. He previously spent nine years in the superintendency in Greenville County, S.C., and Cumberland Valley, Pa. An AASA member since 2000, he also served as Pennsylvania’s acting state secretary of education. After retiring in 1998 from the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and infantry battalion commander, Harner began his education career as the principal of Hilton Head High School in South Carolina.

 People Watch - Christy Perry

Christy Perry
The Salem-Keizer School District in Salem, Ore., has welcomed back Christy Perry as its new superintendent. She spent the previous nine years leading the Dallas, Ore., schools, where she also was human resources director, talented and gifted coordinator and an elementary school principal. Perry earlier spent five years with Salem-Keizer, teaching elementary school and assisting with the talented and gifted program. She has been a member of AASA since 2005.



Sidelight - Calvin BakerOne of the nicest aspects of long-distance running, says Calvin Baker, “is you can have a day when everything feels like it’s out of control, but when I strap on my running shoes and go out, generally I can control what’s happening for a few hours.” As a superintendent for 26 years, currently in Vail, Ariz., he’s participated over the same period in more than two dozen marathons (including Boston last May) and a couple of 50-mile ultramarathons. His favorite is an annual adventure that leads from the north rim to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. An AASA member since 1989, Baker says his regular running companion is a fellow superintendent. “We sort of have a standing arrangement every weekend that we go for a long run. Often one of us doesn’t want to do it, or we both don’t want to do it, but because we’ve made the commitment, it’s that nasty old accountability thing. Then when it’s done, you’re almost certainly glad you did it.”


Carmen Coleman, from superintendent, Danville, Ky., to clinical faculty, University of Kentucky
Dale Dickson, from dual superintendent, Berne Union Local Schools, Sugar Grove, Ohio, and Walnut Township Local Schools, Millersport, Ohio, to superintendent, Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools, Johnstown, Ohio
Robert P. Grimesey Jr., from superintendent, Orange, Va., to superintendent, Moore County Schools, Carthage, N.C.
Luvenia W. Jackson, from acting superintendent to superintendent, Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, Ga.
Russell D. Johnston, from superintendent, West Springfield, Mass., to senior associate commissioner for accountability, partnerships and technical assistance, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mark Y. Lineburg, from superintendent, Bristol, Va., to superintendent, Winchester, Va.
Brian G. Osborne, from superintendent, South Orange-Maplewood School District, Maplewood, N.J., to superintendent, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Matt Seaton, from superintendent, Bridgeport, Ill., to superintendent, Mundelein, Ill.
Mark Stock, from superintendent, Laramie County, Wyo., to professor of educational leadership, University of Wyoming
Joseph Stutting, from superintendent, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to superintendent, North Scott, Eldridge, Iowa
Don White, from superintendent, Troy Community Consolidated School District, Plainfield, Ill., to superintendent, Community Consolidated School District 181, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Michael Yazurlo, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Yonkers, N.Y.


Ramona Bishop, superintendent, Vallejo, Calif., received Superintendent Leadership Award from Coalition of Community Schools
Mark A. Edwards, superintendent, Mooresville, N.C., received Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award
Doug Wilson, superintendent, Marana, Ariz., appointed president, Arizona Interscholastic Association, for 2014-15


Jerry Blakely, 75, retired superintendent, Littlefield, Texas, July 1
Phillip E. Leahy, 79, retired superintendent, Newburgh, N.Y., June 17

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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