WILLIAMSTOWN -- Mount Greylock Regional High School is pleased to announce the successful completion of several job candidate searches, with seven new hires and one appointment.
Jacob Schutz will join the administration as assistant principal on Aug. 1. Mr. Schutz spent the last year as interim supervisor of Special Services and Athletic Director for the Adams-Cheshire schools, where he had worked as a special education teacher for the preceding six years. A longtime member of the National Guard, he is an active member of his community, serving on the Parks Commission and the Adams Youth Center Board of Directors.
Lindsey von Holtz, who has served as Mount Greylock’s part-time director of athletics and as a math teacher for the last five years, has been appointed to fill a new, full-time position: Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities. Von Holtz earned her National Athletic Administration Certification in 2012, and in September of 2013 she will join the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors. In her new capacity, she will bring together the management of Mount Greylock’s athletic activities with its growing roster of extra-curricular clubs, organizations and programs.
With von Holtz’s appointment, Greylock needed to fill a vacancy in the math department, and is delighted to welcome Crystal Samaniego to the faculty.
Rachelle Smith will join the faculty as health teacher and advisor to the Peer Team. Smith has served in the community, leading the nb21 (not before 21) program, and working in wellness consulting and education for many years. She directed the Berkshire Youth Mentoring Program, served as a consultant and counselor at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School, and worked as a substance abuse clinician at the Brien Center.
Amy Turner will join the World Languages department as a Latin teacher. While Turner was living most recently in Italy, where she worked as an educator, she spent a decade in the East Longmeadow schools. Turner will offer a new foundation in Latin to Mount Greylock middle school students and will advise the independent language program.
Daniel Louis, who taught part-time in the science department last year, will return to the high school as a full-time physics and chemistry teacher. Before joining Mount Greylock last year, Louis worked as an engineer and taught in Berkshire County and New York State schools.
In the Special Education department, Mount Greylock is happy to welcome Karen DuCharme as a new life skills teacher. DuCharme has been working at Pittsfield High School for the last several years. In addition, Debra McMahon, who has worked with special education students in Pittsfield for 15 years, will join the staff as a paraprofessional.
These searches could not have been completed without the dedication of many faculty, staff, parents and students who put in multiple hours reviewing applications and conducting interviews.