The 3 Finalists for Dallin Elementary School Principal

All three finalists are external candidates.

Dallin Elementary School. Patch file photo.
Dallin Elementary School. Patch file photo.

The Arlington Public Schools announced Wednesday the three finalists for the Dallin Elementary School principal position.

The finalists are:

Thad Dingman, principal of the Muddy Brook Elementary School in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District

Angela Kimble, principal of the North Street School in Tewksbury

Karen Hunt Dwyer-Tower, assistant principal at the Blanchard Memorial School in the Boxborough School District

Each candidate will visit the district to meet with teachers, staff and administrators for one half-day on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 and 11.

Parents and community members are invited to meet with the candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Dallin Elementary School library at the following times:

Thad Dingman, 6-6:30 p.m.

Angela Kimble, 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Karen Hunt Dwyer-Tower, 7:30-8 p.m.

More on the finalists from the district:

Thad Dingman is currently the Principal of the Muddy Brook Elementary School, an EK-4 school in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. Under Mr. Dingman’s leadership, Muddy Brook has been awarded a $225,000 federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, a $60,000 grant for the development of an early literacy program, and a $25,000 award to implement the Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum. Mr. Dingman, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Education from Regis University in Colorado, has also held positions as an assistant director of a pre-school and a teacher at the elementary and pre-school level.

Angela Kimble is currently the Principal of the North Street School in Tewksbury, MA, a K-4 school.  During her tenure at North Street, Ms. Kimble has implemented school-based data and Response to Intervention (RTI) teams, the Open Circle social emotional learning program, and a community-based after-school arts and enrichment program. Prior to coming to North Street, Ms. Kimble was the Assistant Principal at the Peter Fitzpatrick Elementary School in Pepperell and the Hawthorne Brooke Middle School in Townsend. Ms. Kimble was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas A & M, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the College of Santa Fe, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  Prior to entering administration, Ms. Kimble taught at the middle and elementary school level in Massachusetts, California, and New Mexico.

Karen Hunt Dwyer-Tower is currently the Assistant Principal at the Blanchard Memorial School, a K-6 school in the Boxborough School District.  At Blanchard, Dr. Dwyer-Tower coordinated all staff professional development, provided leadership in literacy, and coordinated the Response to Intervention (RTI) supports within the school. Prior to coming to Boxborough, Dr. Dwyer-Tower was literacy specialist for the Chelmsford Public School district and a Dean of Academics and literacy specialist for the Woodward School for Girls in Quincy. Dr. Dwyer-Tower was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University, a Master of Education in Reading and Language from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University, and a Doctorate of Education in Literacy and Language from Boston University.

John February 05, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Why does the Dallin get a real principal and the Peirce is stuck with an amateur who is basically a union rep?
Mark Kaepplein February 05, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Does Arlington pay for relocation? They all probably live too far away to bicycle, walk, or take public transit to work!
Bob Sprague February 06, 2014 at 04:19 PM
"John": Please tell us what you believe a "real principal" is. Since principals are administrators, they cannot be union reps.


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