Mark Hurrie Selected as John F. Kennedy School’s Next Principal Visionary School Administrator to Take Top Leadership Role at Kennedy

Somerville, MA – Somerville Public Schools Superintendent, Tony Pierantozzi, announced today that Mark G. Hurrie will be the next Principal at
the John F. Kennedy School. Mr. Hurrie is in his third year as Assistant Principal at the Kennedy School, and takes on the top leadership position at the school beginning in July 2014, succeeding Dr. Anne Foley who is retiring as Kennedy School Principal at the end of this school year.

A proven instructional leader with 11 years of experience working in diverse school environments, Mr. Hurrie served as Dean of Students for the Mattacheese Middle School in Yarmouth prior to coming to Somerville. As Assistant Principal at the Kennedy, Mr. Hurrie played a key role along with the Principal and Instructional Leadership Team members, in building effective instructional teams that led to the Kennedy School earning a Level 1 designation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education last year, the state’s highest accountability rating.

“We had nearly 30 applicants for this position and conducted a rigorous and thorough search for the next Principal at the Kennedy School,” said Superintendent Pierantozzi. “Mr. Hurrie has instituted improvements and built solid relationships during his tenure as Assistant Principal at the Kennedy School. I am confident that his enthusiasm, demonstrated leadership skills, and unwavering commitment to helping every student reach their maximum potential will ensure that the Kennedy School continues to thrive as an innovative and creative learning community.”

“I am grateful for the honor and privilege of getting to continue to build upon our trajectory of growth and achievement as the new Principal of the John F. Kennedy School,” stated Mr. Hurrie. “The Kennedy School is an amazing learning community and I look forward to collaborating with parents, staff and community members to develop students who not only possess a deep subject knowledge but are also thoughtful and engaged citizens. Our mission is to instill a lifelong love of learning and I look forward to our journey together.”

Mr. Hurrie’s emphasis on the use of data and development of high-impact student goals to target and drive student and educator achievement has had a direct impact on raising academic achievement at the Kennedy School. A hands-on administrator and educational leader with a focus on learning and collaboration to achieve results, he has been instrumental in developing high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers, and promoting safe and positive learning environments that support student academic achievement at his school and across the District. Mr. Hurrie also places an emphasis on the effective use of technology and development of critical 21st century learning skills to improve instruction and academic outcomes. He was a Technology Presenter at the state-wide MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) Conference held at Gillette Stadium in 2010 and Holy Cross in 2011, presenting on “Formative Assessment using Google Apps” and “How to Design 21st Century Project Based Learning Modules within the Rigor & Relevance Framework.”

Mr. Hurrie began his educational career as a Middle & High School Alternative Education teacher in Mashpee, Massachusetts, where he was also the Junior Varsity Basketball and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach. He then spent seven years as a Grade 7 World Geography teacher (3 years) and Alternative Learning Placement teacher (4 years) in Harwich. He earned his Master of Education from Endicott College in 2006, and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He was awarded a four-year baseball scholarship at Virginia and made the Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

The Somerville Public Schools follows a standard and inclusive recruitment and hiring process for school administrators to ensure broad community input. The process begins with focus group meetings with parents/guardians, faculty members, and members of the school’s community, that provide input in the development of a candidate profile. A separate and representative Screening Committee and Interview Panel are established for each position to determine the pool of applicants who best match the School and District’s needs. A slate of final candidates is forwarded to the Superintendent of Schools, who makes the final hiring decision based on the Interview Panel’s recommendations, a comprehensive personal interview process, and extensive reference checks.

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