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Matthew Janger, 49, principal of Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, Maine, since 2009, has accepted the position of principal of Arlington High School, the school administration announced Monday, Feb. 25.

Dr. Janger will officially assume his responsibilities as principal July 1. 

"I'm excited to be joining such a wonderful school in a vibrant community like Arlington," he wrote in an email Feb. 25.

Mary Villano has been the interim principal following the retirement of Charles Skidmore in 2011. She is expected to retire in June.

He brings a wide range of administrative, classroom and educational research experience to his new position in Arlington.

Before 2009, he taught English at Huron High School and served as the principal of the Wines Elementary School, both in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Janger also had several years of research experience in the areas of reading and school-level reform. 

Janger holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Williams College, a master of business administration from Yale University and a master of education in educational administration and a doctor of philosophy in educational foundations and policy from the University of Michigan. 

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Janger to Arlington," Dr. Kathleen Bodie, superintendent of schools, wrote in a news release.

"Dr. Janger brings to his new role strong administrative and teaching experience, as well as a deep understanding of best educational practices in schools. He has a thoughtful, approachable leadership style and a good sense of humor."

Four finalists for AHS principal met the public: On Tuesday, Feb. 12, were Matthew Poska and Shirley Lundberg The next evening were Janger and Debra Heaton.

Poska is the principal of Briscoe Middle School in Beverly. Before that, he was the assistant principal of Beverly High School and the assistant principal and director of athletics at Saugus High School. Poska was a history and social studies teacher at Lynn English High School and at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Lynn. She received a B.A. in history/secondary education from Merrimack College, and a master of education in secondary school administration from Salem State College.

She is a candidate for a doctorate in education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lundberg is the director of academics for Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Before that, she was the lead teacher and a mathematics teacher at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. She has also served as an elected School Committee member on the Northborough (K-8) and Northborough-Southborough Regional (Algonquin 9-12) School Committees.
Lundberg received a B.S. in business administration from Worcester State College. She completed graduate coursework at Simmons College and Cambridge College and received a master of education from Endicott College.

Heaton is the acting principal of Marblehead High School. Before this, she was the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Marblehead High School. She was previously the world language curriculum coordinator for the Westford Public Schools and a Latin teacher at Marblehead High School, Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School, Norwood High School and began her career as a Latin teacher in Fairfax County, Va.

Heaton has a B.A. in classics from Randolph Macon College and a master of arts in teaching, classics from Vanderbilt University. She completed the principal/assistant principal licensure program, Merrimack Leadership Academy through Fitchburg State University.


This story was published at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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