FRAMINGHAM — Three school administrators from outside districts are competing to become the next principal of Hemenway Elementary School.
Phaneca Babio, Marybeth O’Brien and Saundra Watson have each been named finalists for the position, the district announced Monday. Staff and community members can attend a virtual “Meet the Candidates” forum from 5:50 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The webinar password is 651927.
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Attendees will hear from the nominees, ask them questions, and then be presented with a survey that will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese to offer feedback to Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay.
Live Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be on call.
Meet the Hemenway finalists
Babio is headmaster of Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge. Previously, she was Deputy Headmaster and Specialist in Inclusive Education at Kennedy-Longfellow School, Cambridge.
Babio received his Bachelor of Arts in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She also holds a master’s degree from Wheelock College in special education with a specialization in moderate disability, as well as a doctorate. in Urban Education, Leadership, and Political Studies from UMass Boston.
O’Brien is principal of Gilmore Elementary School in Brockton. She was also the principal and vice-principal of Huntington and Raymond Elementary Schools in Brockton. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Political Philosophy from Northeastern University; a master’s degree from Simmons University in urban education; and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from American International College.
O’Brien is currently enrolled in Boston College’s doctoral program for educational leadership.
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Watson is an assistant principal at Angier Elementary School in Newton. Additionally, she has served as Special Education Co-ordinator, Team Chair and Special Educator at Needham Public Schools, as well as Vice Principal at Walker School in Needham. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lesley University, she also holds a Masters degree from Wheelock College in Special Education with a major in Moderate Disability and Simmons University in Language and Literature.
Elizabeth Simon, the current director of Hemenway, will retire at the end of the school year, after 46 years in teaching. Most of her career has been spent at Framingham State Schools, the last six as Headmistress of Hemenway.
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