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Find Out More About the Three Assistant Superintendent Candidates

Kim Swain, Doug Lyons, and Beth Gannon are the finalists to replace Todd Curtis, who is leaving for the private sector.

On Thursday, Superintendent of Schools Anne Wilson informed Sudbury parents that the search for the next Sudbury Assistant Superintendent has been narrowed down to three candidates.

Below is a complete look at the credentials of each candidate and when they will visit Sudbury Public Schools, according to an email sent out by the school district's email to parents:

Beth Gannon (Will visit SPS on Wednesday, April 30): Ms. Beth Gannon is currently the principal at the Margaret Donovan School K-8 in Randolph, Massachusetts a position she has held since 2009.  Prior to her time in Randolph, Beth served as principal at the Henry K. Oliver School, Grades 1-8, in Lawrence, MA and principal at St. Mark Middle School, grades 5-8, in Pittsfield, MA. Beth also has served as the Language Arts District Curriculum Coordinator, Family Literacy Coordinator in Ware, MA.  In addition, Beth has taught a wide range of Education courses as an Adjunct Professor at the American International College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  

Beth is MA Certified as Superintendent/ Assistant Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal (PreK to 6, & 5-8), and Elementary Teacher (1-6).  

Beth earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Communication from Seton Hall University and she also earned Post - Baccalaureate Certification in Elementary Education from Rowan University. In addition, Beth holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts and she is currently a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University.

Doug Lyons (Will visit SPS on Thursday, May 1): Mr. Doug Lyons is currently the principal of the Walter S. Parker Middle School in Reading, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2008. Doug also served as Assistant Principal at Parker Middle School and Clark Avenue School in Chelsea, MA. Prior to his time as an administrator, Doug taught middle school and high school mathematics and science in Maine and Massachusetts. Doug is an adjunct professor at Salem State University where he teaches courses on Curriculum in the Master's program. He also has served as a lecturer at Simmons College. 

Doug is MA Certified as Principal (Prek-6, 5-9 and 9-12) and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, and holds MA Mathematics Teaching Certification (5-9 and 9-12) MA Secondary Physics Certification 9-12. 

Doug earned a Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He also earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons College and he is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.

Kim Swain (Will visit SPS on Tuesday, April 29) Ms. Kim Swain is currently the principal of the Josiah Haynes Elementary School in Sudbury, a position she has held since 2008.  Prior to her current role as principal, Kim served as a Literacy Specialist at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School for eight years.   Before her time in Sudbury Public Schools, Kim worked for the University of Chicago in the continuing education department where she presented professional development conferences for educators in public schools in the greater Chicago area.  In addition, Kim has worked as a teaching assistant, tutor and freelance writer. 

Kim is MA Certified as Principal/Assistant Principal (Prek-6) and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent.  Kim completed the Massachusetts Principal certification program at Boston University School of Education and Management. 

Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Language from Carleton College, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Chicago where she also was a Century Fellow.
pawnrule April 18, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Beth Gannon - http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1650953324/Principal-who-penned-steamy-novel-on-leave Sudbury deserves better!
BH April 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM
She was up for a position in Watertown last year, and the same question arose: http://watertown.patch.com/groups/schools/p/meet-the-finalists-looking-to-become-the-next-hosmer-bf6f69e0e5
Jen April 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I have a student at Haynes and we love Kim Swain. Having said that, I selfishly hope she doesn't get the position because I don't want to lose her as our principal.
Concerned Sudbury Parent April 18, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Below are a few excerpts from pawnrule's link. This is easily found by doing a simple Google search. Is there no end to Dr. Wilson's incompetence?? "And at least one School Committee member called for Gannon to be fired." "Yesterday, Laboy described Gannon as "emotionally fragile" and under "a lot of duress" as a result of the allegations. He said Gannon penned "Crazy Fortunes" prior to her employment with the Lawrence schools."Crazy Fortunes" came out in 2007 on the iUniverse.com label. It tells the tale of a woman who is engaged to be married but who reunites with her one-time lover and it contains explicit sex scenes. The teachers union said the book contains references to promiscuity, binge drinking, drug use and suicide."

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