The 2012-13 school year in Berkshire County brought a number of changes in administrative staff at local schools, from both the K-12 sector and in higher education.
The Learning page will run a series of articles briefly highlighting these new administrators and what they've learned half a year into their job, based on their responses to an e-mail questionnaire.
This week's report features three administrators from northern Berkshire County schools: Justin Kratz from Charles H. McCann Technical School in North Adams, Jack Kurty from Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown and Janet Tremblay from St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams.
The first part of the series featured three new administrators in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, which can be read online at www.berkshireeagle.com/learning.
The next group of profiles will run April 2.
Meet Justin R. Kratz
Position: Principal of Charles H. McCann Technical School of the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District in North Adams.
Hometown and current town of residence: Originally from Northfield, Kratz lives in Adams.
Previous position: Assistant principal for McCann Tech.
A favorite thing about your new job: One of my favorite things about my new job is the opportunity I have to get involved in the different areas of our school's operation. With our talented faculty and all the exciting things we have going on at McCann it's been very enjoyable to provide any support I can to continue the excellent work happening in our school.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: One goal that I have for this year is to work with the faculty to organize and map our curricula to help prepare for the new teacher evaluation process coming into effect next year.
Meet Jack Kurty
Position: Principal of Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown.
Hometown and current town of residence: A graduate of Westfield High School and native of Westfield, Kurty lives in Williamstown.
Previous position: Director of curriculum and instruction at the International Community School, London.
A favorite thing about your new job: The people -- students, faculty and staff, parents and volunteers. Strong community support, an excellent faculty, and collaborative work creates exceptional learning opportunities for students.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: To do all that we can to help students achieve their full potential as learners in an ever-changing world. One way to do this is by building upon already strong student-teacher relationships to engage learners, develop their skills, and celebrate accomplishment in all curricular and co-curricular endeavors.
Meet Janet Tremblay
Position: Principal of St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams.
Hometown and current town of residence: Tremblay is a North Adams native and resident.
Previous position: Educator in North Adams, and has taught in North Carolina.
A favorite thing about your new job: My most favorite part of the job is the students.
One goal you have or issue you'd like to address during the current school year: Externally, it's to expand an awareness with prospective students and parents throughout Northern Berkshire that St. Stanislaus offers an affordable structured alternative to the public venue that strengthens academic performance and character formation. Internally, the goal is to increase and advance the technology curriculum.