Friday June 15, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- John "Jack" Kurty, a western Massachusetts native and doctorate degree holder from Harvard University, has been named as the new principal of Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Superintendent Rose Ellis and the district's 14-member Principal Search Committee -- which included Mount Greylock faculty, staff, parents, School Committee members, and students -- announced Kurty's appointment in a press released issued on Thursday afternoon.

The decision came after a three-month, national and online search to fill the position, vacated by Timothy Payne. Kurty will begin his new job at Greylock on July 1. He will be relocating from his current residence in London, where he has worked at an international school.

"This is the result of a highly participatory effort and I cannot imagine a better outcome for Mount Greylock. I am very much looking forward to having Jack on board," said Ellis.

Kurty is a graduate of Westfield High School. H received his bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University; a master's degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a doctorate of education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In addition, he earned a master of business administration degree at Keller Graduate School of Management.

He most recently served as interim director of curriculum and instruction at the International Community School in London. Kurty spent ten years in school leadership positions at the American School in London and also served as director of special programs/executive director of the High Jump program at the Latin School of Chicago. He has also been an instructor at National Louis University in Illinois, Simmons College, and at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine.

Trained as an accreditation team chair, he has additionally been an active volunteer with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

Kurty is an educator with experience in mission-driven organizations, program development, teaching, and learning. He has taught students in grades 7 through 12, and has coached boys' and girls' athletics at the middle and high school levels.

Outside of school, his interests include coaching, involvement with a wide range of visual and performing arts, and outdoor activities such as skiing, cycling, and country walking.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the students and staff," said Kurty. "My recent conversations on campus left me impressed with the dedicated faculty, supportive community, and great school spirit at Mount Greylock. I look forward to a positive and productive experience on behalf of students and to leading the continued development of an exceptional school."