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Three finalists to be principal of the Stratton School have been identified to the public at large. All, including an Arlington High School graduate, have been welcomed by the Stratton community.

Teachers, students, parents and administrators met one finalist April 2. Two others met parents Monday, April 9, at the following times in the Stratton Library.

In a news release issued at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, by the office of Superintendent Kathleen Bodie, the three are:

* Maureen Devlin, who is the associate head of school of the Rio Grande School in Santa Fe, N.M.  Ms. Devlin previously served as an assistant principal of the Sippican School in Marion, Mass., and served as a vice principal, curriculum coordinator and classroom teacher in the Brookline public schools.

She received a bachelor's in history from Pomona College, a master's in education from Lesley College and a master's of education in organizational development from the Endicott College Leadership Licensure Program. She visited Stratton on April 2. 

* Bridget Harris, who has been a principal, assistant principal, curriculum supervisor and classroom teacher in the West Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, N.Y. Ms. Harris received a bachelor's in elementary education from St. Bonaventure University and a master's in education from Canisius College.

She will visit Stratton on April 9 and have the opportunity to see classrooms and meet the faculty, District administrators and parents. 

* Shamus Brady, who is the interim assistant principal for the Clark Avenue Middle School in Chelsea, Mass. Brady previously served as a seventh- and eighth-grade level principal for the Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Mass., and as the assistant principal for the Cora Kelly STEM Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.

He previously taught special education and reading at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School and Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.

A graduate of the Arlington public schools, he received a bachelor's in English and political science from Williams College, a master of arts in teaching from Trinity Univerity in Washington D.C., and a master's in education leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.

Brady visited Stratton on Tuesday, April 3, where he had the opportunity to see classrooms and meet the faculty and District Administrators. Brady will return to Stratton on Monday, April 9, when he will get the chance to meet parents. 

Sheri Donovan is the principal of Thompson and Stratton for this school year while the East Arlington school undergoes preparation for reconstruction. Groundbreaking for the $20 million school is expected soon, and rebuilding continues through the next school year. A new Stratton principal is expected to be in place by summer.

Longtime Stratton Principal Alan Brown retired last June.

This story was published Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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